The Ontario RIDE program (reduce impaired driving everywhere) makes the most of the busy months by hitting the roads in search of drunk drivers. They don’t just set up a standard road checkpoint during times you’d suspect. They also pop up in random locations and at all hours of the night and early morning.
It was at a random checkpoint that officers working the RIDE program managed to net a three-times convicted drunk driver who was driving drunk and had open alcohol in the car. When he blew into the breathalyzer his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was twice the legal limit.
He was arrested, charged with over 80, and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He also immediately lost his driver’s license for 90 days and will most likely lose it for a lot longer if and when he’s convicted.
The great thing about the RIDE program is that it’s designed to catch drunk drivers like this man by surprise, and it’s a good thing he was stopped before he could crash and injure or kill someone. But given that Ontario has an ignition interlock law for first time offenders, you have to wonder why he was driving without one.
First offenders in Ontario are required to install an ignition interlock for one year after conviction. If you’ve had three impaired driving convictions, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock for one year, three years, or indefinitely if and when your driver’s license is reinstated.
No information was released by police on on why he was driving without an ignition interlock, but it’s safe to say that if he had one installed in his vehicle, he’d never have been able to drive drunk out of his garage let alone straight into a RIDE stop. Maybe fourth time is the charm for this offender, and when he installs his ignition interlock it will be there to stay.