It might have been scary when your child took his or her first steps, went off to school for the first time, or had the freedom to go to the mall with their friends on their own, but that’s nothing compared to handing over the keys to the car and allowing your child to drive off without you.
It’s for that very reason that what happened in Mississauga recently is every teen parent’s nightmare: a teen was charged with impaired driving after driving straight into a house and crashing into two cars.
The teen is only 19 years old, but he’s in an adult-sized patch of trouble. The damage to the house and the vehicles is extensive, and although there were no injuries, he’s been charged with impaired driving, dangerous driving, and failing to provide a breath sample.
With Graduated Licensing in Canada and drivers training, you can be confident that you’ve given your son or daughter the tools to be a good driver. That doesn’t mean he or she can’t make a mistake, and impaired driving is the biggest mistake you can make.
The teen in this case is fortunate that he didn’t injure or kill anyone, but he won’t be driving for a long time either. Although it’s not known what level he was at in the Graduated Licensing, level two restrictions require you maintain a blood alcohol level of zero. That means you can’t have a single drink and get behind the wheel, and if you do, you’ll lose your drivers license. At a minimum the teen will have his drivers license suspended for at least 30 days and he will receive up to $500 in fines.
Receiving a phone call from the police that your teen is in jail because of impaired driving isn’t something any parent wants to happen, but it’s far better to get that phone call than one from the police saying your child has been involved in a crash and it was fatal.