There’s a simple reason why impaired driving and vehicles don’t mix: when you put a vehicle that weighs over four thousand pounds in the hands of someone who’s had too much to drink, that vehicle becomes more than a method of transportation: it becomes a four-thousand-pound weapon that can kill someone or put a serious dent in anything in its path.
That’s exactly what happened in Peterborough, Ontario recently, and although there have been many vehicles that have hit buildings thanks to impaired driving, it’s not too often that someone hits a church. It’s not known how exactly the female driver and her male passenger ended up on the front steps of a church in their vehicle, but according to police a search warrant was required to assess the blood alcohol content (BAC) of the driver.
Once they discovered that she was driving with a BAC that was three times the legal limit, they charged her with impaired driving and driving over .80mg. Although any impaired driving crash can result in injuries no matter what you crash into, if you live life with any sort of belief system, you’re not going to feel great about crashing into a church.
It’s just one more crash on top of many impaired driving crashes this year in Ontario, and although there’s been numerous attempts to crack down on drivers who are crashing into people at high speed or drunk driving on busy highways, there’s always another weekend and another round of drunk drivers for Ontario police to contend with.
Maybe it’s time Ontario lawmakers take a page from Saskatchewan and toughen up their ignition interlock program. Saskatchewan just added time an offender is required to use an interlock device to all impaired driving sentences, and by requiring someone to use an interlock for longer, that driver has more of a chance of learning from his or her mistake. If it stops another car from crashing into a church, house, or another vehicle, it’s worth the time to change the laws.