A drunk driving crash is no simple fender bender. When a vehicle crashes into another vehicle while driving erratically and at high speeds, there can be mass destruction for anyone involved. Once the dust settles, it’s the hospital emergency room staff who witness first hand the damage drunk driving inflicts on its victims.
After 10 years spent working in the Regina General Hospital emergency room in Saskatchewan, one nurse, Sarah Poole, has stepped up to share her first hand account of the damage done by people who choose to drive impaired. She’s seen people with limbs missing, with the severed limb brought in on a bed of ice to be reattached. She’s watched people come in who need massive blood transfusions due to blood loss, and she worries that people will continue to drink and drive because they feel invincible.
These types of crashes are not uncommon, and the province of Saskatchewan has been struggling with a growing impaired driving problem for years, and that’s why they’ve implemented swift and severe punishments for impaired drivers. According to Saskatchewan impaired driving laws, a first offender will receive an immediate roadside driver’s license suspension, they’ll have their vehicle impounded for a minimum of 30 days, and they’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device for one year.
But despite those penalties, people in the province continue to drink and drive. Since 2013 there were 40 people killed and over 600 injured in alcohol related crashes. On a recent weekend in Saskatchewan there were 4 separate crashes and 7 people were left dead, with one confirmed cause due to alcohol.
With a May traffic safety blitz coming up, law enforcement would like you to be aware of what can happen in a drunk driving crash and know that it can happen to you if you drink and drive. If you drink, choose a designated driver, and if you spot someone who is impaired, contact 911.