December 4th was National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day across Canada, and RCMP detachments took part by getting out on the highways and roads to let the public know that they are there to stop them from drinking and driving.
Police also used the day as an opportunity to let the public know that as far as impaired driving is concerned, they’ve heard it all. Because it’s the season for sharing, here are a few ridiculous impaired driving excuses.
The joke’s on you, I have another one
Lawn mowers aren’t in season right now, but snow mobiles are. Did you know you can be charged with drinking and driving on both of these vehicles? That’s what happened to an impaired man in Abbotsford, BC when he was stopped for drinking and driving on his ride-on lawnmower. When police told him they were impounding it, he said, ‘The joke’s on you! I have another one.” Too bad he can’t drive that one anymore either.
I was the least drunk of the group
When one officer went on a morning show to share ridiculous impaired driving excuses, he talked about how it’s very common to stop a car full of people and have them tell the officer that they picked the person who they think is the most sober to drive. When they are stopped, they usually use the, ‘I’m the least drunk of the group’ excuse. Just in case you’re tempted to try it, it never works.
Couldn’t we settle this with a pinky swear?
This impaired driving excuse will probably go down in infamy at the Abbotsford Police department, and it was popular on Twitter when they shared it via social media. When one suspected drunk driver was asked to provide a breath sample, he asked if he could pinky swear instead. They didn’t mention what the driver was planning on swearing too, but it sounds like his pinky swears aren’t to be trusted.
It’s entertaining to read drunk driving excuses, but it’s not funny when you realize these are real people who are putting innocent lives on the line when they get behind the wheel drunk. Maybe someone will read some of these excuses, decide they don’t want to be ‘that person,’ and call a sober driver when they’ve been drinking.