Pop star, Canadian icon, and drunk driver? During the height of his fame, no one would have predicted Justin Beiber would join the legions of people who choose to drive while intoxicated (DWI), but after his arrest in January he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), resisting arrest, and drag racing.
Canada’s sweetheart was racing in a Lamborghini at 4am down a Miami street, and when stopped he admitted he had drunk alcohol, consumed prescription medication, and smoked marijuana before driving. He failed a field sobriety test at the scene and was taken to the station where he complied with the request for a breathalyzer.
Although his arrest was surprising for the legion of young girls who buy his music and watch his videos, there were prominent Canadians who came out in support of him. Rob Ford, the Toronto mayor who was recently in rehab himself, chatted with a Washington, DC based radio show and defended Beiber as ‘being only 19’ and thought he should be allowed to make mistakes.
Some Americans don’t agree with Ford, and they brought a petition forth asking President Obama to revoke Beiber’s green card. Although they garnered more than 100,000 signatures, DUI isn’t a deportable offense and it’s highly unlikely anything will come of it.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has statistics to show that most drunk drivers get behind the wheel intoxicated an average of 87 times before they get stopped, so just how many times has Justin Beiber drove drunk and not been caught?
Although his DUI case has been delayed, the general consensus is that he may receive a slap on the wrist for drinking and driving. What’s the real problem with Justin Beiber’s receiving a DUI? Not only did he have the potential to crash and hurt or kill himself and others, he’s also setting a poor example for his fans. If even one young person gets behind the wheel drunk because they heard Justin Beiber did so, he’s done a lot more harm than he could ever imagine.