Every once in awhile a drunk driving story hits the news that’s so strange, you almost can’t believe someone would actually put themselves in that situation.
Take the case of two people in Dauphin, Manitoba for example. They’ve both been charged with impaired driving, and that in itself isn’t a surprise. Manitoba has serious issues with impaired driving, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) recently unveiled a monument dedicated to all who have lost their lives in Manitoba due to someone getting behind the wheel drunk.
The difference between these two drunk drivers and other impaired driving cases is that they’ve been charged with drunk driving in the same car at practically the same time. It happened on Highway 5 on a Wednesday evening. The driver of a car was trying to U-turn when he collided with a truck, pushing it into a ditch. He ran away, but before the police could arrive the driver’s passenger hopped behind the wheel of the car and drove away. Soon after she ended up in the ditch too, and when police arrived both were charged with impaired driving in Manitoba.
Since 2015 Manitoba impaired driving laws have required all offenders to install an ignition interlock in any vehicle he or she drives. In requiring this penalty for drunk driving offenders, Manitoba joins provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario, and the Eastern provinces may not be far behind.
You have to wonder how, if both of these drunk drivers are required to take part in the ignition interlock program as part of their penalties in Manitoba, can they do so if they share a car? It might sound crazy, but so is being arrested for drunk driving in the same car at the same time. This is just one more crazy drunk driving story to add to the growing list of drunk driving cases in Canada.