Canada’s busiest highway, the Trans Canada Highway, sees its fair share of semi-trucks on a daily basis. Because they’re big and reach excessive speeds, they have the potential to scare any motorist who sees them barreling down on them. But imagine for a minute that the semi driver on your tail was driving impaired – can you imagine how unsafe you’d feel then?
That’s exactly what happened near Langley, British Columbia recently. A white semi-truck was hauling a large trailer while traveling on the Trans Canada Highway, and as he passed several vehicles, he was noted to be driving erratically. One motorist called him in to the police after he made a hand gesture at him, and a traffic services officer pulled him over shortly after.
The driver failed a roadside breathalyzer test and, in accordance with British Columbia impaired driving laws, had his driver’s license immediately suspended for 90 days. He’ll also face a $500 fine, be required to attend an alcohol education class, and may be required to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he drives.
The ironic part of this story? The semi-truck’s cargo was beer, and the truck and its cargo were both impounded for 30 days at a local tow yard.
At first glance, it might be considered funny that a beer truck driver was arrested for impaired driving, but when you really think about it, the potential for a deadly alcohol-related crash was extremely high. Given the speed and size of a semi-truck, the driver is lucky no one was injured or killed.
It only takes a split second for a crash to happen. Whether you’re next to a big rig or a small car, if you see someone you suspect of driving impaired on the road with you, your first course of action should always be to pull over somewhere safe and contact the local police.