One of the most dangerous things about alcohol is that it has the power to alter your thinking. You might be someone who understands when you’re sober that drunk driving is dangerous, illegal, and can result in charges that will disrupt your life, but if you have a few drinks in you? Jumping behind the wheel of your car and drunk driving home can sound like a really good idea.
Alcohol can make you irrational, quick to make decisions, and in many cases, really angry, and a great example of how it can turn a normal evening on its ear happened in Kingston, Ontario recently. A woman called police to a residence because a fight had broken out and she was concerned her severely intoxicated friend was going to drive drunk on an e-bike. The man was lying on the ground, and although the woman offered him a safe ride home and the police offered to help him into the vehicle, he wasn’t having it. He just really wanted to drive drunk on an e-bike.
You might think someone is being uncooperative when they refuse a sober ride home and the person doesn’t want police to kindly escort him into a safe vehicle, but this man upped the ante by kicking an officer during the struggle. He was arrested for public intoxication, and thankfully for him, he wasn’t charged with assaulting a police officer. He spent the night in jail and was charged a $65 fine.
Had he been able to actually drive away on his e-bike or even attempted it in front of police, this story would have ended differently. Because an e-bike is a motorized vehicle he would have been charged with impaired driving in Ontario, and with an impaired driving charge comes fines, a driver’s license suspension, and a year enrolled in the ignition interlock program.
There are two things you can take away from this: one, if you drunk drive on an e-bike, you can still be charged with impaired driving. And two, alcohol can have a Jekyll and Hyde effect on anyone, so even you could end up drunk enough to kick a police office.