Some laws change because a tragic circumstance motivated someone to stand up and make a stand, while others are the result of a problem that grows to the point where it can’t be ignored anymore. What’s happened in Saskatchewan seems to be a combination of the two, and recently Saskatchewan drunk driving laws have changed to crack down on the escalating issue of drunk drivers in the province.
The strict new laws only passed in January, but they really came not a moment too soon for parents of teen drivers in Saskatchewan. This demographic is one of the worst for drunk driving, and a recent series of crashes caused by the same teen boy is a scary example of that.
The first crash happened just after police were notified that someone was driving erratically down a busy road in Regina. That vehicle, driven by a drunk seventeen year old boy, crashed into another car and left the scene. When he continued to drive he also hit two other vehicles and a sign post on another busy road.
He was arrested and received two Saskatchewan drunk driving charges including driving impaired causing bodily harm, refusing the breathalyzer, and failing to stop at an accident scene. For those crimes in Saskatchewan, he’s got a long list of penalties he’ll have to get through until he’s able to drive free and clear again.
Any underage drunk driver will be subject to Saskatchewan’s new zero tolerance laws, and that includes a sixty day driver’s license suspension and voluntary ignition interlock on the third offense. This driver may be required to lose his license for longer as he also refused to submit to the breathalyzer.
With the public education in the high schools via SGI and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), it’s hard to understand why a teen would choose to drink and drive. Maybe his example will serve as a lesson to other teens in Saskatchewan, and they’ll avoid the same situation after seeing the trouble he’s in because he choose to violate Saskatchewan’s drunk driving laws.