What do you do when you’re a lawmaker living in a province with one of the worst impaired driving records in Canada? In the case of Saskatchewan you stick with what works to stop drunk drivers, and what lawmakers are banking on are Saskatchewan ignition interlocks for all offenders. If one MLA has his way, you may even seen the devices in all vehicles too.
Don McMorris an MLA in Saskatchewan, was arrested and charged with his own impaired driving offense last summer. He was recently reinstated in his position and now that he’s back, he’s on a mission to advocate for Saskatchewan ignition interlocks.
As a user of his own ignition interlock, McMorris believes that the device made him take a good look at his own lifestyle and gave him the desire to essentially eliminate drunk driving in the province altogether. How, in a province where they’ve had tragic crashes and repeated law changes to crack down on drunk drivers, could you eliminate the possibility of anyone drunk driving? McMorris says it’s as simple as expanding the Saskatchewan ignition interlock program.
Right now anyone who is charged with impaired driving can sign up for the ignition interlock program and use the interlock for three months. That’s what McMorris is currently doing after his own charge, but he believes that you could install an interlock in every vehicle in Saskatchewan and require every person to blow before they drive. In doing so, no one would be able to drive drunk, and unless someone didn’t follow through and install or use the device, you’d never find a drunk driver on the road again.
It’s an ambitious idea, and the expansion of Saskatchewan ignition interlocks to all vehicles may never happen, but McMorris has seen first hand how easy it is to drive impaired and be arrested for it. As an ignition interlock user himself, his insight could be provide motivation to others who want to see an end to drunk driving too.