No one should question whether or not it’s dangerous to drink and drive. It is, but it’s even more dangerous to drink and drive with your children in the vehicle. Unfortunately there seems to be more and more Saskatchewan drunk drivers who drive drunk with their kids along, and that’s prompting the province to make some changes.
A brand-new amendment has been proposed for addition to the Saskatchewan Traffic Safety Act. It states the following: Saskatchewan drunk drivers with a blood alcohol content of .04 and who are transporting a child under the age of 16 will receive a seven-day roadside suspension and will have their vehicle seized.
Even if that person is a first-time offender, if he or she is stopped with a .04 BAC and they have kids in the car, they will receive those penalties. Right now any first time impaired driver would only face a three-day suspension and vehicle seizure.
Repeat offender will receive even harsher penalties. Second and third time offenders will have their cars impounded for 30 to 60 days if they drink and drive with their kids in the car.
It’s a good thing the province of Saskatchewan is intent on protecting children from the dangers of drunk driving, especially considering one parent was just stopped taking his kids to school while drunk. Even worse, this parent was four times the legal limit while he was driving his kids, and that means his BAC was at lethal levels.
Numerous states in the USA have DUI child protection laws to penalize drunk drivers in a much harsher way, so if this amendment is applied to Saskatchewan drunk drivers it wouldn’t be the first time lawmakers decided to put the protection of children at the top of the agenda. If passed it could work to serve these parents with a strong reminder that they need to re-think their decision to drink and drive with their kids along.