When you compare Ontario drunk driving rates with other provinces, it looks as though it’s pretty well in the fight against drunk driving. But if you spend some time looking at the news, you’ll see dozens of Ontario drunk driving cases popping up in the media. Here are a few from the past few weeks:
City of Ottawa sued when drunk driver hits a bus
Strange but true: a drunk driver crashed into an OC Transpo bus in Ottawa and killed three of the passengers in the car plus injured 2 others. One of the people in the vehicle that was injured sued the city, a few pubs, and the estate of the driver, and he won his case. Because the driver was drunk he wasn’t covered by insurance so the plaintiff didn’t receive any money, but in Ontario there’s a clause that says if you’re found partially responsible for damages, you can be asked to pay the entire amount if any other defendants can’t pay. That’s why the city is being forced to pay $2 million dollars in this case, all because the bus driver was found 20% responsible for the crash.
Life-saving fisherman has his drunk driving charge dropped
When Ross Guy’s friends were in danger, he didn’t hesitate to help. Three men had fallen through the ice in the water off of Victoria Harbor, and although he managed to help two out, he couldn’t reach his third friend. That’s when he hopped on a snowmobile and raced to the shore for help. Unfortunately he was too late, and his friend drowned. When he came back to shore officers were waiting for him, and they arrested him for impaired driving. Since that time, the charges have been dropped.
Multiple crashes from one car in Kitchener-Waterloo
A suspected drunk driver was driving down Main Street when he ran a red light and was hit by a pick up truck. That started a crash domino effect and he then ran into buildings, a bike rack, a bench, two trees, and ended by smashing into 5 cars. He’s been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and impaired driving.
These are just a few Ontario drunk driving cases. Every week there are a few more. Given the statistics, it’s safe to say it might be awhile before we stop seeing mug shots and DUI offenders on our feeds and in newspapers.