When you hear a crazy impaired driving story, you just have to sit back and ask yourself, ‘What were they thinking??” Some of the situations people get themselves into because of alcohol can boggle the mind.
Take man from Alberta as a recent example—after taking a backhoe onto the Trans-Canada Highway, he refused to pull over and led the RCMP on a low-speed chase that backed up the highway and resulted in his arrest for impaired driving. In all he was charged with 7 offenses including dangerous driving, impaired driving, refusing a breathalyzer on demand, and evading a police officer. Because the backhoe damaged a guardrail, he was also charged with mischief over $5,000.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump over to Saskatchewan and you have another crazy impaired driving story that’s got one man in hot water. Last fall officers responded to a call that a vehicle had crashed through the Regina airport perimeter fence and was taking a wild joy ride around the airport and on the runways. When police arrived they discovered his vehicle abandoned, but with the help of a police dog, found and arrested the suspect.
The man faced charges of impaired driving, mischief, and a charge under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations for unauthorized entry into a restricted area. He’s since entered a plea of guilty for the impaired driving charge.
Just these two examples are enough to make a driver stop and think about how alcohol can alter your ability to drive. Obviously, drinking and driving is a bad idea because it impairs your coordination and vision, making safely operating a vehicle impossible. But as you can see from the man on the backhoe and the driver who decided it was a good idea to break into an airport, alcohol impairs your judgment too, and that lack of judgment can get you in a lot of trouble.