There are a lot of ways you can end up with a drunk driving charge. You might have had a few drinks at a friend’s house and thought you were OK to drive, or you felt like you had to drink and drive because you had no other way to get from point A to point B. The thing to keep in mind is that drinking and driving is a conscious choice, and you can say no, I’m not going to drive, as easily as you’d say yes.
Unfortunately too many people make the wrong decision, and an even bigger issue is that they drink and drive with passengers along for the ride. Some people receive a drunk driving charge not just with passengers, but with their children along.
That’s what happened to one 45-year-old woman, and now she’s facing the consequences. She was stopped in Oshawa, Ontario after concerned citizens called her in when she was driving on Highway 7. Police pulled her over and when she submitted to a breathalyzer test she was found to be four times over the legal limit of .08. She was also stopped with her two children in the back of the car.
What happens when you decide to drink and drive with your kids in the car? If this were the United States the driver could receive a felony child endangerment charge that would result in stiff penalties. Canada doesn’t have charges like that, but the Children’s Aid Society does get involved if you receive an drunk driving charge.
Even if you were just driving down the street from your house, the Children’s Aid Society will consider you a risk to your children. They may take custody of your kids, and even if they don’t, they will become a presence in your life.
Children’s Aid can interview your children, search your house for alcohol, and if you’re in the middle of a custody battle, your impaired driving charge could be used against you and you could lose your kids.
The driver in question has received an impaired driving charge with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol. It’s a small charge when you consider what could have happened had the driver crashed her vehicle with her kids inside, and maybe now she’ll think twice before she makes the choice to drink and drive.
This page is also available in: French