It’s tempting to laugh when you hear about someone getting arrested for drunk driving on a golf cart. You’d probably wonder what the level of risk would be on such a slow moving vehicle, and think it’s crazy that someone could receive the same penalties for an arrest on a golf cart as they would if they drive impaired in a car, truck, or van.
But police officers in Salmon Arm, BC don’t think its funny when someone drunk drives on a golf cart or any other type of motor vehicle, for that matter. After they arrived to assess a single-vehicle rollover, they discovered the owner of the vehicle driving on the shoulder of the road on a golf cart. Because he smelt of alcohol, officers investigated and issued him an immediate 90-day driver’s license suspension. And because British Columbia impaired driving penalties require vehicles to be impounded, he also had his golf cart taken away.
But it’s not just golf carts you need to worry about when it comes to drinking and driving: you can be arrested if you drive impaired on any type of motor vehicle and that includes some you might not have thought of.
Take an impaired driving case in Manitoulin, Ontario for example. Someone called in to report a collision between a farm tractor and a pedestrian. When police showed up they found an 82-year-old pedestrian who had injuries and a 49-year-old man who was driving under the influence on a tractor. They arrested him on charges of impaired driving, impaired driving over 80 mg, and failing to provide the necessities of life.
These cases are both good reminders that the impaired driving penalty process extends itself to anything you drive, and if you decide to have a few drinks, just don’t put the keys in the ignition.