Ontario impaired drivers have given Ontario police a difficult time over the past year. Despite public service announcements, anti-drunk driving campaigns, and tragic crashes in different parts of Ontario, the number of impaired drivers on the roads hasn’t decreased the way they’ve wanted it to.
Because of the increasing number of Ontario impaired drivers, it might not have surprised police officers in Huron County when they had to chase down an impaired driver recently. What most probably did surprise them was the odd course of events that led up to the offender’s arrest.
The man was drunk driving on a Friday night when he almost hit another car. Police were called in and bystanders told them that the offender had left his car and ran into a swamp that was nearby. He left the swamp in another car, but it wasn’t his car and the owner wasn’t too keen on him taking it. That’s when he started to climb a tree. Thankfully police were able to talk him down, and once they did he was arrested for impaired driving.
It’s a crazy drunk driving story, but it just goes to show that Ontario impaired drivers are still out on the roads, and in this case the swamp, in full force. What can Ontario police do to fight back against these drivers when traditional methods don’t seem to be working?
How about force ignition interlock compliance? Forcing ignition interlock compliance through court ordered check ins, stiff penalties, and police follow ups is a solid way to take drunk driving offenders off the roads.
By requiring them to install their court ordered ignition interlock or take part in the Reduced Suspension With Ignition Interlock Conduct program, these offenders will learn that they can’t drive after drinking, period. Maybe a follow up program is exactly what Ontario needs to stop the flow of drunk drivers.