Summer might be your favourite time of year to kick back, enjoy the warm weather, and put back a few alcohol-related refreshments, but it’s also a time when a lot of people make the decision to do that then drive. Summer is actually one of the worst times for impaired drivers all across Canada, and these summer drunk driving stories should give you a just a snapshot into what’s been happening on the roads this summer of 2016.
When the Ice Cream man is an impaired driver, no one is getting their Popsicle
The bells on the ice cream truck may have been ringing at 3:45 on a Thursday afternoon, but they were ringing for all the wrong reasons. Police believe that the driver of an ice cream truck was drunk driving when he drove into several garbage cans on the side of a road and ended up in a ditch in Surrey, BC.
As one witness described it, “”I thought it was just a normal ice cream truck, but then I saw it drive across our grass in our front yard,” he said. “So I thought, OK, something’s up.” Hopefully there were no kids chasing him down for a cool treat when he hit the ditch.
Missing tire, deployed airbag, underage driver
A 19-year-old impaired driver from Halton, Ontario must have had a wild ride before police stopped him. After witnesses called in a car that repeatedly hit the curb, police approached the vehicle and found that the air bags were deployed and one of the tires was without rubber.
Because Ontario has zero tolerance for underage drunk driving, this young man would have been charged with impaired driving had he even had a .01 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). As it stands his BAC must have been quite a bit higher because he charged with Over 80 by local police.
These are only two summer drunk driving stories from the roads of Canada, and there were hundreds more that didn’t make the news or weren’t as humorous. With summer now over and the busy fall and winter holiday season coming up, it’s a good time to think about what you drink and consider how you’ll get home before you do. That way you don’t become the star of your own drunk driving story.