We’re all lucky to be alive. Some of us press that luck, and few press it more than impaired drivers.
Milton, Ontario was the scene of a major incident of luck-pressing recently. A driver smashed into a light pole, knocking it down. The pole caved in a massive area of the car, rendering it a total wreck my most people’s estimation. Nevertheless, the driver drove the car home.
Impaired driver lucky to be alive. After smashing into, and taking out, a light police in the Maple/Thompson area of Milton, an impaired driver drove his car home and parked it on his driveway. He has been arrested. If there was a passenger this would have been a fatality. ^PD pic.twitter.com/x6fofvXt6E
— HRPS Milt HHills (@HRPSMiltHH) March 30, 2018
Just how impaired do you have to be to look at damage like this and still think it’s a good idea to drive home? It was obviously enough to get the driver arrested. Most people would have been too shaken to contemplate leaving the scene. But alcohol and drugs inhibits good decision-making – both before and after a crash.
These photos are a good reminder of what’s at stake when impaired drivers are allowed to ply the roads. For this reason, Ontario has a strong ignition interlock law. The devices prevent a vehicle from starting when alcohol is on the driver’s breath.
Will the device be mandated in this case? That depends, as there are conditions under which Ontario’s interlock program does and does not apply. An offender is not eligible, for example, if drugs other than alcohol are involved.
We should all remember that we’re lucky to be alive, and Ontario’s impaired driving laws are there to keep us lucky.