The province might be small, but impaired driving in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I) still ranks with other provinces as a serious problem. It was so serious that back in 2010, P.E.I upped the ante by imposing mandatory jail time for all impaired drivers.
If you’re a first time offender you get a minimum of 3 days in jail, lose your driver’s license for one year, and must install an ignition interlock. But these penalties haven’t been enough to completely curtail impaired driving in Prince Edward Island, and these recent cases show that drunk drivers are alive and well on the little island.
Crash into a light pole doesn’t end well for driver
After police spotted a truck driving erratically they began pursuit, but before they could stop him he crashed into a light pole. When his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was taken via a breathalyzer, he was found to be three times the legal limit and was charged with impaired driving.
Vehicle/Fence collision thanks to an impaired driver
It’s not every day you see a car cruising across lawns and ultimately ending up crashed into a fence, but that’s what happened to one man near Charlottetown recently. Police attended after he hit the fence and the 58-year-old man was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
P.E.I seeing a drop in impaired driving numbers
The Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy released data showing that 238 people were charged with impaired driving in PEI last year. The number is down from the high of 327 in 2012, but there’s been an increase in highway deaths. 18 people were killed in highway crashes in 2015, and that’s compared to only 5 in 2014.
It’s a small province with a big impaired driving problem, but lawmakers and law enforcement are working hard to curb it with some of the harshest impaired driving penalties in the country. Now it’s up to the people of P.E.I to change how they think about drinking and driving, and instead of making the choice to get behind the wheel, ask a sober driver to get them home safe and sound.