A drunk driving crash isn’t always broadcast on the news, but when they are it’s hard not to have a reaction to them. It’s difficult to reconcile how someone died or was severely injured because someone else made the decision to get behind the wheel while drunk.
Any crash you hear about has the potential to make a parent cringe, but it’s even harder when you find out that a drunk driving crash involves teens like one that happened in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia recently.
A seventeen year old girl was driving impaired when she crashed through a guardrail on a road, landed at the bottom of a cliff, and the car dropped into water. She had two passengers with her, and although it’s hard to believe, all three walked away with minor injuries.
It’s not hard to imagine what could have been when you think of a car landing at the bottom of a cliff, and these teens should be grateful they managed to survive a drunk driving crash because so many people don’t. Late last year one young Nova Scotia drunk driver spent the night at the beach drinking before she crashed and killed a man by ramming into his SUV. Not long after two other drunk driving crashes occurred within the same week in Halifax, claiming three lives and injuring several others.
Although there are fines and penalties for all drunk drivers, including those who are underage, ignition interlocks aren’t mandatory for drunk driving offenders in Nova Scotia. They may be by next year, but as it stands right now a driver can install an interlock but they may not even be required unless it’s a repeat conviction.
If stories like this one worry you because you have your own young driver in the house, you might want to take a look at voluntary ignition interlock installation. It’s one sure way to prevent a crash like this from happening, because with an ignition interlock on the vehicle, your teen can’t put themselves in a situation where they’re drunk and driving.