The leaves are falling and the lawn mowers are slowly being packed up and put away. If the Farmer’s Almanac is right this year, not long from now Canadians will experience that familiar fall dip in temperatures, and when that happens people turn from sun worshiping at the lake to gearing up and playing in the great outdoors.
ATVs, snowmobiles, and even Zambonis: one of the things they have in common is how they are all are popular ways to get around in the fall and winter. The other thing they have in common? You can be arrested if you’re drunk driving on any of them.
Just this past week two people were arrested in two separate incidents for drunk driving on ATVs, and one resulted in a crash. When police arrived at 3:30 am they found two people injured and charged one person with drunk driving. Not long after they spotted another ATV driver on the highway and he was arrested for drunk driving too.
There are also Zamboni drivers arrested for drunk driving every year. Last year a drunk Zamboni driver crashed into the boards of the ice rink. When police showed up he refused a breathalyzer and resisted arrest.
Snowmobile drivers aren’t exempt from drunk driving arrests either. Police in Charlottetown, PEI sent out a message to people driving snowmobiles after they experienced a rash of drunk driving arrests on local trails. They wanted riders to know that being drunk on a snowmobile will carry the same penalties as if you were caught drunk driving behind the wheel of your car.
If you’re arrested and convicted of impaired driving on any of these vehicles, you’ll lose your driver’s license, pay fines, and you may have to install an ignition interlock in any vehicle you drive.
That means even if you weren’t arrested in your car, you could be required to install an interlock in it. And because you can’t install an ignition interlock in your snowmobile, on your ATV, or in a Zamboni, you can’t drive them during your license suspension.
An impaired driving conviction can put a crimp in your winter like nothing else. If you don’t want to derail your cold weather plans, don’t drink before you head out for winter fun.