How much can you drink and still remain awake? Maybe the better question is, how much can you drink and still remain alive? That’s what one judge in Alberta must have been asking himself when he took a look at the case of a man who killed a grandmother and injured two of her grandchildren in a drunk driving crash.
Amandeep Singh Dhillon was driving on a Calgary roadway when he smashed head first into the truck of Joan Webster and killed the 70 year old instantly. When his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was taken, it came in at .409, more than five times the legal limit. That’s considered lethal, and could definitely induce an alcohol-related coma in anyone who drank that much.
Dhillon was sentenced to impaired driving causing death and received six years in prison. According to Alberta impaired driving laws, he’ll also be required to hand over his drivers license for a period of time and if he’s ever able to drive again, he’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he drives.
Webster’s family would have liked to see a harsher sentence for the driver, but they’ve also been very understanding. They know that the man has a serious addiction to alcohol and he’s a very sick man. They also appreciate the fact that he pleaded guilty to the charges and didn’t try to avoid being penalized for his actions.
There’s no positive outcome from drunk driving crashes like this one. One family has lost their loved one forever, and no amount of jail time or drivers license suspension will bring that person back. The driver has also lost, because he’s going to be spending the next six years of his life in jail. It’s a good reminder that if you plan on going out to drink, your best choice at the end of the evening is to hand your keys over to a sober driver.