Saskatchewan drunk drivers are on the roads in every corner of the province. With an endless network of empty highways and back roads, it’s easy for someone to drink, drive, and get exactly where they need to go without seeing police or even another car along the way.
That sense of isolation might be why one teen in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan thought he could easily get away with drinking and driving at just after two am in the morning. It was only the second day of the new year and he was so drunk he was swerving all over the road. Although that’s a common drunk driving scenario, this arrest was a bit different because of the age of the offender.
It turns out that this drunk driver was only 14 years old. In Saskatchewan that’s not even old enough to have a learner’s license, so not only should he not have been driving drunk; he shouldn’t have been driving at all. When police pulled him over they found he was over the legal limit of .08 and they arrested him for impaired driving. He was released to his family and now has a court date.
This young man isn’t the first teen to drink and drive, although they usually have their driver’s license already when they do it. It’s because of teens like these that lawmakers in the province have passed zero tolerance laws for some Saskatchewan drunk drivers.
Any driver under the age of 21 and all new drivers will receive penalties if they are caught with any amount of alcohol in their system while driving. If they are stopped they will receive a 60-day driver’s license suspension for their first offense. If they continue to drink and drive and receive three or more offenses, that teen will be required to install an ignition interlock in the car for 365 days.
For this young man, the driver’s license suspension wouldn’t really apply. He didn’t have one in the first place, so the judge in the case will have to find another way to penalize him for choosing to drink and drive. Whatever that penalty may be, let’s hope it makes him think twice about driving drunk again.