If you’re a baby boomer you probably remember how it was OK to pile 7 people into a five seat car without seat belts, how you could have open alcohol or drink underage and no one would stop you, and how the trunk was a just an ‘extra seat’ for someone who needed a ride somewhere.
Life definitely has changed in Canada, and if you try to use that extra seat in the trunk for someone now, you’re going to be in big trouble. That’s the lesson learned by a group of young people in St.Catharines, Ontario this past month. Not only were they impaired; they also had an extra passenger who almost got towed away with the car.
When police spotted the car it was heading without headlights straight onto the QEW. Anyone who has driven the Queen Elizabeth Way knows that it’s a 400 series highway that sees a lot of volume and car crashes, so it was a no-brainer for police to pull the car over. What the police didn’t expect was a novice driver with a G2 license and a carload of passengers.
The driver failed the breathalyzer test and was arrested. He received an automatic 90-day drivers license suspension, and the driver was told the vehicle in question would be towed and seized for seven days. That’s when they popped the trunk and let out the 5th passenger.
Impaired driving with the G2 probational drivers license can mean a lot more than a drivers license suspension or fines. Part of the conditions of a G2 license include:
- Drivers must maintain a 0 blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- Drivers cannot have more passengers than there are seat belts
- Drivers under 19 cannot have more than one passenger during the hours of midnight to 5 am unless the passengers are family or a fully licensed driver in the passenger seat
The driver in question violated at least two of these conditions, so he or she could end up with a cancelled drivers license. That means he or she would have to retake all driving tests and pay all the fees associated with receiving a new drivers license.
At the end of the day, being pulled over was probably the best thing that could happen to this driver. On the busy QEW, a crash would have killed the passenger in trunk, and losing a drivers license is a small price to pay for avoiding that.