If you drink and drive, you’re in danger of running someone over. That’s what we’ve always been told. One man in Scugog Township, Ontario managed the most difficult of maneuvers, one that’s rare even in the annals of drunk driving. He ran himself over.
A 25-year-old man was backing out of his driveway with the door open – presumably so he could see where he was going – and fell out of the vehicle. The vehicle then did what vehicles do, and kept going, running over the driver’s leg and hitting two mailboxes.
Fortunately, the injuries weren’t life-threatening. After a hospital visit to treat his injured leg he was slapped with two charges: impaired operation, and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
Why Two Drunk Driving Charges?
Most people don’t think about the specifics of Canada’s DUI laws, but it’s worth looking at the Criminal Code of Canada. Section 253 of the Code says you commit an offence if you’re operating a motor vehicle
- While your ability to operate the vehicle is impaired by alcohol or a drug, or
- After having drunk enough alcohol to give yourself a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more
It’s an interesting distinction. You’re breaking the law if you’re driving with diminished ability due to alcohol, or if your BAC is .08. That means that you can be charged with DUI even if your BAC is below .08, provided your ability is impaired, or if your BAC is .08 or over, even if you’re driving like a champ.
The Scugog man, of course, was not driving like a champ. It’s lucky he didn’t get onto the road: a man that can’t keep from running himself over can’t be trusted to keep others safe.
The moral: don’t drink and drive. Don’t even drink and back up in your driveway, or the body part you run over might be your own.