It’s hard to imagine why a person would make the choice to drink and drive, but some people must believe either that they’ll never be caught or they put the blinders on when it comes to drunk driving penalties. Ontario is a good example of how severe penalties can be: if you’re convicted of drunk driving you’ll lose your driver’s license, have to pay fines, and you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock in any car you drive.
The key phrase here is ‘any car you drive,’ because a lot of people might miss that until it’s too late. If you drive a company vehicle for a living, in order to drive again you’ll have to install an ignition interlock in that vehicle too. Not every employer would want to do that, so those people don’t just lose their driver’s license: they lose their job too.
A Muskoka, Ontario man just found this out the hard way after he was caught driving impaired. He was called in by a concerned citizen who knew he had been drinking all day and had alcohol in his vehicle, and when police arrived they found he was so drunk he couldn’t even stand up to get out of the door.
His blood alcohol content (BAC) reading was way over the legal limit of 0.08, with readings of .33 and .32. With those types of BAC readings he wasn’t just dangerous behind the wheel, he was nearing lethal levels for alcohol poisoning.
He was charged with impaired driving, and when he faced the judge his lawyer revealed that he was driving his employer’s vehicle at the time of the arrest and that he’s since been fired from his job. In addition to all of the fines and penalties he received, he’s also now looking for a job he can walk to.
When you wonder how your life will change after you’re charged with impaired driving in Ontario, look no further than this example. If you make the choice to drink and drive and you rely on a company car to get you around, you could soon be in the same situation.