Police in Weyburn, Saskatchewan are on the ball when it comes to catching drunk drivers. A scan of their police blotter shows that they regularly round up impaired drivers on their rounds.
In fact, not all of the DUI offenders are in cars or trucks. Recently police received a report of an intoxicated man driving a medi-chair, sometimes called a mobility scooter.
In Canada the criminal code is explicit: a motor vehicle is a motor vehicle. Specifically:
Motor vehicle means a vehicle that is drawn, propelled or driven by any means other than muscular power, but does not include railway equipment…
As the gentleman in question was not driving a Canadian National Railway locomotive, he is on the hook for his second DUI in the medi-chair.
How much of a menace was he really? It’s hard to say. It’s hard to kill someone at 8 kph, but with his diminished judgment, he might have hit a child, or wandered into traffic and caused a serious accident. Motor vehicle laws are there for a reason.
The man might have escaped charges if the scooter had been required for his mobility, but apparently it was a drunken joy ride, so the authorities threw the book at him. A second DUI in Saskatchewan garners a three year licence suspension, as well as fines and possible jail time. Furthermore, he could be barred from entering the United States, should that be his desire.
Of course, a licence suspension isn’t much of a deterrent to getting on a medi-chair. And we doubt that it’s possible to fit an ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, on a mobility scooter. We hope, then, that the gentleman in question will undergo the required alcohol assessment and treatment, so he’s not putting himself and others in danger.
Some people, after all, are in medi-chairs not for the fun of it, but because they were put there by drunk drivers.