The bird has been carved and the leftovers have been turned into soup, but for a lot of people in Ontario, they’ve got something more to worry about than a turkey hangover. Ontario Provincial Police laid more than 35 impaired driving charges in the province, and that’s a jump from last year’s Thanksgiving weekend.
During Thanksgiving weekend last year there were 29 impaired driving charges laid in the Greater Toronto area. This year that number jumped by 6, and there were alcohol-related injuries and a fatality too.
A 25-year-old Brampton, Ontario man rear-ended a vehicle and killed one its occupants and injured three others. The driver has been charged with impaired driving causing death, 3 charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm, and drug and weapon related offenses.
Ontario impaired drivers face stiff penalties if they make the choice to drink and drive. When you know you’ll face fines, drivers license suspensions, and a mandatory ignition interlock for at least one year, doesn’t it make sense to appoint a designated driver? Even if you only had one drink, you could still be charged with a warn range violation that could result in a short drivers license suspension and your vehicle impounded for a number of days.
Along with the Thanksgiving long weekend, police in Ontario also saw a number of Blue Jays fans out driving after the baseball game. They charged one impaired driver who was decked out in his Jay’s jersey, and they’d like the public to be aware that it’s a good idea to appoint your designated driver before the game starts. That way you’ll never be tempted to drive impaired after the game is over.
If Thanksgiving is any indication, Ontario Provincial Police should gear up for a busy fall and winter. With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s more important than ever to get the message out that impaired driving is a bad idea.