At the end of the every year, people take stock of how things went and make plans for what they’d like to change in the New Year. That seems to be exactly what the Greater Sudbury Police Department is doing right now, because they’ve seen a trend over the past year of impaired driving incidents that they have found ‘disturbing.’
In the past year the city of Sudbury has seen 184 impaired driving offenses. That’s a lot of drunk driving in one city. At the time they released the information they also noted that they had arrested six people with impaired driving within a seven day span.
Part of the problem Ontario police are seeing is the attitude that it’s acceptable to drink and drive. They feel as though they can safely get behind the wheel and head home, especially if they’ve only had one or two drinks. This attitude has brought cities like Sudbury such a huge increase in impaired driving incidents, and it is also part of the reason why Ontario has ramped up patrols and tightened up impaired driving laws over the past few years.
It might be good to end the year with a recap of how things went, but it might be an even better idea to start the holiday season and new year with the consequences of impaired driving firmly planted in your head. Here’s exactly what will happen to you if you decide to drink and drive in Sudbury or anywhere else in Canada:
- From the moment you are stopped and blow over .08 into a breathalyzer, you’ll immediately lose your drivers license for 90 days.
- If you blow over .05 to .08 in a breathalyzer, you’ll immediately lose your drivers license for 3 days
- Your car will be towed away, and that means no one in your family will be able to drive it for as long as 7 days
- You’ll pay fines up to $1,000
- You’ll have to use an ignition interlock after your privilege to drive is reinstated, and that could be as long as a year
Does it make sense to drink and drive when the stakes are so high? Hopefully people in Sudbury start to realize that it doesn’t pay to put the keys in the ignition after they have had a few drinks.