You’ve probably heard about drunk driving arrests in which an impaired driver, having been stopped by a police car, hastily switches places with a passenger to avoid being slapped with a DUI.
However, this isn’t one of those cases. The driver and passenger actually made the switch successfully, but it didn’t keep them out of trouble. In Whitby, Ontario last Sunday a woman in an SUV, obviously under the influence, ran a red light on Dundas Street and weaved between lanes, narrowly missing other cars. Correctly deciding she wasn’t in shape to drive, she stopped and switched places with her passenger.
Unfortunately, the second driver’s abilities were not any better than the first. She nearly collided with a vehicle. When they pulled into a coffee shop, they were both arrested for drunk driving.
What do we learn from this event? Here is some advice that the women should have heeded:
- Do not drive if you have been drinking
- Stopping and switching drivers after driving drunk does not excuse your DUI
- Make sure your designated driver is not drunk
And by the way, they were wasting their time going to a coffee shop.
- Coffee will not sober you up. Only time can rid your system of alcohol.
All of which reminds us that the time to get a drunk person out of the driver’s seat is before you start driving.