Speed kills. There’s no sugar coating it and there’s no denying it either: when you put someone behind the wheel of a vehicle and they drive in excess of the speed limit, they have a much greater potential for both crashes and fatalities within the vehicle. Just as an example, you have a four times greater chance of being killed in a vehicle that’s traveling 120 km/h than if you were in a vehicle traveling 100 km/h. If you crash at 200 km/h, the odds of you surviving are almost nil.
On its own, drunk driving kills too. Drinking alcohol affects your hand/eye coordination, motor skills, and reflexes, and when you put the key in the ignition and drive, you’re putting your life and the lives of others on the road with you at risk.
But that doesn’t stop a lot of people from speeding and drinking and driving, and incredibly, some people do both at the same time. Here are just two examples of people who were stopped for speeding, drinking, and driving recently:
Double the speed limit and drunk on the QEW? To anyone it should sound like a recipe for disaster, but one drunk driver in Ontario put the pedal to the metal and was driving erratically at more than 200 km/h when he was stopped in Lincoln, Ontario.
When Ontario Provincial Police pulled him over they nabbed him a slew of charges including impaired driving, driving over 80mg alcohol in 100ml blood, dangerous driving, driving with no license, racing in a motor vehicle, and driving with open liquor in the vehicle. They impounded his vehicle for 7 days and he’s kicking off the new year with a court date.
When you’re 22 you think you’re invincible, and thankfully one young man didn’t find out the hard way that driving at 155km/h while drunk could kill him.
Instead of crashing into another vehicle or object and killing himself or someone else, he was stopped safely by police after driving in excess of the 100 km/h speed limit on the Trans Canada Highway. He submitted to a breathalyzer and was found to be twice the legal limit.
There are a lot of great combinations in Canada: gravy, French fries, and cheese curds or Tim Hortons’ coffee and donuts come to mind, but speeding, drinking, and driving? That’s a combination that can end up with you or someone else dead.