If you’ve ever been speeding down on a highway and cruised past a sign that says, “Speed Limit Enforced By Aircraft,” you may have wondered whether helicopters were overhead tracking you right at that moment or if it was all just part of the province’s plan to slow you down.
Some spots in the Canada do track you via aircraft, but did you know you can also be tracked via satellite? One Ontario drunk driver found that out the hard way when he took off from a checkpoint and police still managed to charge him with drunk driving.
It happened in Brant Country, Ontario when police were conducting a RIDE checkpoint. RIDE, also known as Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, is a program in Ontario where they set up random checkpoints to net the most Ontario drunk drivers.
The OPP said that they stopped a car around three am, and that all signs indicated he was drunk behind the wheel. Instead of staying put to be arrested after he failed a road side screening test, he decided to take off in his car.
But Ontario police have more than one way to capture an Ontario drunk driver, and they used satellite technology apprehension response (STAR) to attach a tag to his car as it sped away. He hit speeds of 155 kph on the busy QEW before police tracked him down and stopped him.
Without the STAR tag, he may have avoided charges of impaired driving, dangerous driving, and several counts of mischief endangering life. He may have also avoid penalties that will be coming his way including a driver’s license suspension and an Ontario ignition interlock to prevent him from driving impaired again.
File this one under the “now you know” category, and the next time you or someone you know is tempted to drive drunk, remember that police have numerous ways to stop you from getting away.