There’s no shortage of innocent victims of Ontario drunk drivers. You don’t have to be in a car either: some are simply standing by the side of their vehicle when they’re struck and killed, while others are pedestrians just trying to cross the street or walk home from work.
A Kitchener father has just realized how Ontario drunk drivers can make it precarious to walk down the street on what should have been a quiet Sunday evening. He was near his home with his two young sons and he noticed a truck driving erratically down the road. To protect his sons he moved them to the side of the road, but the truck managed to drive toward them, hit the kids, and cross over the street again, driving straight onto someone’s lawn and into a pond.
Neighbors who witnessed the crash said the noise and screaming was so loud they thought two vehicles had collided, and they heard the father yelling for someone to call 911. One of the children, a seven-year-old boy, was airlifted with a broken pelvis. The other child, a three-year-old, went to the hospital with serious injuries too.
One of the neighbors pulled the driver out of the pond and waited with him for the police to show up, and he was placed under arrest for impaired driving. He was also charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm, driving on a suspended driver’s license, and driving without insurance.
This crash is just one more example of the problem Ontario is having with its drunk drivers. Despite strict laws that include ignition interlocks for all offenders, offenders like these skip the interlock and drive without any care or regard for the drunk driving laws put in place in the province.
Because of that, two young boys are injured and a father is most likely traumatized by the fact that a Sunday evening stroll with his children turned into a nightmare. It’s high time Ontario does more than just catch drunk drivers: they need to make sure they’re locked down with an ignition interlock so someone like this can’t drive again.