There’s a reason why drunk drivers will choose back roads to get to their destination. Back roads may be not be patrolled by police, aren’t usually the focus of checkpoints, and they don’t have a lot of traffic so it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else. It’s unfortunate, but back roads make it pretty easy to jump in the car drunk and head home or to a favourite watering hole.
But some drunk drivers don’t take back roads. Some drunk drivers will head straight out into traffic and drive on a busy highway, and when that happens, it’s highly likely that someone else is going to spot them and call that person in.
That’s exactly what happened just a few weeks ago on the Queensway in Ottawa. A man was driving erratically on the highway, and another man was following behind him with a camera mounted on his dashboard. You can take a look at the video below.
The man recording the video thought the driver was distracted, but as he continued to follow him he realized that the man was most likely drunk. As you can see in the video, the driver was swerving in and out of his lane, almost drove off the shoulder, and hit the inner wall of the road.
While the camera continued to record, the concerned citizen contacted police and they took up the chase when the drunk driver exited the highway. He was arrested shortly after, and when they police took his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) he was two and half times over the legal limit of .08. He’s since been charged with impaired driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood stream.
It just goes to show that drunk drivers don’t always hide out on the back roads. They can and will drive drunk on busy highways, so if you think the person in front of you could be a drunk driver, it’s a really good idea to dial 911.