The phrase “like father like son” must have taken on an entirely new meaning for one family in Prince Edward Island recently. Both Dad and his boy had a court date on the exact same day and in front of the exact same judge because they both made the exact same decision to drink and drive in Charlottetown.
The son was stopped on October 1st after he was involved in a drunk driving crash. When police arrived they found him drunk behind the wheel with two tires blown out and. After he failed the breathalyzer he was given a court date.
Fast forward to 6 days later and his dad was stopped by police for suspected drunk driving. He also failed the breathalyzer and was given his own court date, and by some stroke of fate, it was on the same day as his son and in front of the same judge.
The judge in the case said that in all the thousands of drunk driving cases she’s seen, she’ s never had a father-son combo in her court room at the same time. Just because it was an unusual occurrence doesn’t mean she didn’t hand down the same harsh PEI sentence for each man.
According to PEI drunk driving laws, both men will do jail time for drunk driving. PEI is one of the only provinces in Canada that require a minimum of three days in jail if you drive drunk. At the judge’s discretion, the father received three days while the son received seven. Both will also have to spend $1,000 in fines and their driver’s licenses are suspended for one year.
Father and son will also be required to install an ignition interlock in their separate vehicles for one year, and that penalty will stop the two of them from driving drunk in the future. Let’s hope that’s enough to curb what seems like a family pattern of driving impaired.