Will people ever realize it’s possible to receive an impaired driving charge in Ontario if they aren’t driving a “traditional” vehicle? Cars, trucks, vans – yes, you can and will be charged for drunk driving if you’re caught under the influence behind the wheel, but what about boats, airplanes, tractors, and…street sweepers?
One man in Mississauga has provided the country with a great example of how you can receive an impaired driving charge in Ontario if you’re driving drunk in a street sweeper. He was driving very slowly down Queen Elizabeth Way, an extremely busy highway, when someone saw him drinking what appeared to be alcohol.
When police arrived they found both the street sweeper and a driver under the influence, and the driver of said sweeper has been charged with impaired driving, driving over 80, and having open alcohol in a vehicle. If his plan was to continue street sweeping the QEW that night, he was forced to end work early as the street sweeper was towed.
Police have been noted as saying that this was a very serious offense because the vehicle was both large and strange, but this street sweeper case isn’t the only weird DUI in Ontario recently.
Another man was charged with impaired driving in Ontario when he was stopped driving his tractor after midnight. That’s strange enough on its own, but he was also pulling a large trailer behind the tractor on busy Memorial Park Drive in the Chisholm Township.
The driver failed the breathalyzer when police pulled the tractor over and asked for a breath sample, and he was arrested and charged with driving over 80. His tractor was towed away too, and he’s lost his driver’s license for 90 days.
Just like the street sweeper’s driver, he’ll also have to install an ignition interlock in his vehicle after he’s able to drive again. That means, unfortunately, that driving both the street sweeper and the tractor will be out of the question because you can’t install an interlock in either vehicle.
Clearly it’s been a weird week for impaired driving cases in Ontario. Let’s hope people in the province take a watch and learn approach after reading about these two cases, and realize that yes, drinking and driving in any type of vehicle can end with an impaired driving charge.