It’s no secret that Ontario has had a bad few years for impaired driving. This constant rise in the rate of drunk driving arrests and drunk driving crashes began long before drunk drivers like Marco Muzzo put Ontario on the map for killing a family of four in the York district.
Drunk drivers have hit the roads in such record numbers in Ontario that it’s not even surprising that one young Sudbury offender recently received a harsh sentence for driving impaired and failing to remain at the scene of a crash. Or, in his case, crashes.
The twenty one year old man got behind the wheel of his vehicle and collided with four parked cars that were on the street or in driveways. Not only did he keep driving after each crash, he was only apprehended after police found him standing outside of his vehicle on a road near by. It would have been difficult to hide the amount of damage to his truck, and even more difficult to hide the fact that he was well over the legal blood alcohol limit. Because he’s only twenty one, he’s subject to Ontario’s zero tolerance laws.
Zero tolerance states that a young driver can’t be caught driving with any amount of alcohol in his system, so the fact that his breathalyzer readings were .13 and .12, he crashed into four cars, and he left the scene all four times means he’s on the hook for significant penalties.
He’s received ninety days under house arrest, lost his driver’s license for one year, and was fined $400. He’ll also be required to wear an electronic monitoring device to make sure he follows the rules of his house arrest, and he may be required to install an ignition interlock device when he is able to drive again.
If Ontario has drunk drivers making choices like these after all of the crashes, all of the arrests, and all of the effort on the part of the police, how are they going to slow down impaired driving in the province? Until drivers make better choices, the only thing that matters at this point is that Ontario’s police and lawmakers won’t stop trying.