Ontario, you’ve got some explaining to do. After a busy summer where police were hopping trying to keep up with the impaired drivers in hot spots like Toronto, a few people in the province decided to end the season on a low note by starring in their own crazy impaired driving story.
Impaired driving in Ottawa ends on soccer field
A nice Wednesday evening on the soccer field must have ended in shock for parents who were just there to watch a game or practice. An Ottawa man led police on a wild chase after he was called in for suspected impaired driving by a concerned citizen. When they tried to pull him over he sped off, and when they kept trying to chase him he drove toward a soccer field full of kids and began doing circles on the turf.
He was eventually stopped and charged with impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and other charges.
Intoxicated in Essex County
It’s hard not to consider how police put their lives on the line when doing routine traffic stops, especially after one police officer was crashed into and killed by a drunk driver in the Maryland, USA last year. Thankfully an impaired driving case in Ontario didn’t end the same way, but the officer in question could easily have been injured when a sixty-year-old driver rear-ended him in his cruiser.
She was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and refusal to comply with the officers to determine how intoxicated she was.
These are just two crashes that happened in Ontario this summer, and there were a lot more where these came from. How is Ontario going to crack down on their drunk drivers and begin to see a real change in impaired driving rates?
The long and short answer is ignition interlocks. Ontario has an ignition interlock program that requires all offenders to install the device for a minimum of one year, and the only way to stop these drunk drivers from becoming repeat offenders is by requiring them to install an interlock in any vehicle they drive and following up to ensure they do.
People need to change how they think about drinking and driving, and if they do it anyway and are caught and charged, they need to install their court ordered ignition interlock so they don’t make the same mistake again. If they did, Ontario roads would be much safer for all.