Police have all kinds of ways to detect if a driver is impaired. Some are subtle – if a driver is over-friendly or over chatty, for example, or if he or she drives with the windows open on a cold day. Some are more obvious – hitting a curb or wandering over the centre line.
Then there are the real giveaways, such as handing over your Costco card when you’re asked for your driver’s licence.
In Kingston, Ontario recently, a man crashed his pickup truck and stumbled away. When found by police and identified as the driver, the man produced his Costco card, and then a firearm licence, instead of the requested driver’s licence.
Nothing wrong with Costco – we’re stocked up on cooking spray and Nutella, thanks to them – but their card doesn’t confer driving privileges. And anyone in full control of their faculties would know that.
Just another reminder of why we don’t drink and drive. Alcohol affects vision, judgment, coordination, reflexes, and more. If you can’t tell a driver’s licence from a Costco card, how are you going to see pedestrians on the road?
One thing: an Ontario DUI carries a $1,000 fine for first offense, more for repeat offenses. There will also be a whopping increase in insurance rates. In fact, some estimates for an Ontario DUI run as high as $28,000.
Too late for the Costco card. An Ontario DUI is no bargain.