Impaired driving hearings are no laughing matter. The offender is often nervous and uncomfortable, and if the hearing was the result of an alcohol-related crash, the people viewing the proceedings are grief stricken. But there were laughs at one impaired driving hearing on Prince Edward Island recently, and it’s all because the offender in question hasn’t held a valid drivers license since 1991.
For 24 years, David Laybolt has had a suspended drivers license. Although it’s not clear why his license was suspended in the first place, he says he just never bothered to renew it. That’s bad enough, but when he was stopped for impaired driving last year, it became a real issue for the arresting officers.
Normally for an impaired driving arrest, an offender in Prince Edward Island will receive an immediate 24-hour roadside license suspension, a 90 day drivers license suspension, and impoundment of your vehicle if you’ve been found to be driving on a suspended license. Under the PEI Highway Traffic Act that person will also receive a one-year drivers license suspension and be required to install an ignition interlock device for one year.
Laybolt’s sentence was a little different: he received 30 days in jail on weekends and a $1,000 fine. When asked how he would get himself to jail to serve his time, he said his wife would be able to drive him. The judge asked whether she had a valid license, and he said, ‘No.’ That’s when the laughter broke out.
Turns out his wife does have a valid license, so he’ll have no reason not to get to jail on time. Spending the weekends locked up will give him a lot of time to ponder what his life will be like once he has a valid drivers license again, but thanks to the fact that he never bothered to renew, that time is still a long way off.