It’s the end of November in Ontario, and that means the biggest program to stop Ontario DUI has officially kicked off. RIDE, also known as Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, is starting up again as drunk drivers head into their busy season.
It can’t start a moment too soon either, because some Ontario DUI offenders seem to have kicked off the holiday season a little early this year. One driver in Blind River, Ontario contacted police about a possible drunk driver. You can imagine their surprise when they discovered that the caller who had dialed 911 to report the driver was actually the driver herself.
She was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle when she called 911. She told the police she wanted to drive the vehicle and she asked them to tell her not too. When police showed up at her house they found her in the car, and they also found an empty bottle of alcohol and the keys in the ignition. When they opened the door she fell out, and after she was taken to the hospital she was charged with care or control.
Another case in another part of Ontario had a woman crash while driving her SUV. She had her dogs inside when she lost control, and her car left the highway, hit a fence, and ended up on fire in the ditch. A passerby came upon them and managed to pull both the driver and her dogs to safety while her car continued to burn.
Police assessed her and found her blood alcohol content (BAC) to be double the legal limit, so she was charged with an Ontario DUI.
These are just two examples of people charged with Ontario DUI over the past few weeks, and you’ll be seeing a lot more as the country heads into the holiday and RIDE season. With enforcement watching every road for drunk drivers, the best thing anyone can do is make the choice that if you drink, don’t drive.