With zero tolerance laws in Canada, teens know they shouldn’t get behind the wheel after even one glass of alcohol. But knowing that hasn’t stopped them from doing that, because teen drunk driving arrests have maintained a steady pace over the past few years.
One 18-year-old in Morden, Manitoba clearly isn’t interested in driving sober or zero tolerance laws, because he was arrested for drunk driving twice in two days. The first arrest happened after police received a call from a concerned citizen who was reporting a possible impaired driver. When they arrived on the scene they witness the teen drunk driving straight into a lamppost, a stop sign, a parked car, and then into a tree.
Police knew that this driver already had a suspended license, and instead of coffee in his cup holder he had an open can of beer. When they asked him for a breath sample he blew a reading of just 13 mg, but he was driving the vehicle of a friend with license plates from some other car.
He was charged with multiple offenses including carrying alcohol in the car, and he was released from custody. The very next day police received another complaint of a speeding, erratic vehicle with a smashed windshield and it’s 4-way lights on.
When police stopped the very same teen this time, they noticed he had open alcohol in the vehicle again, and he had a hard time exiting the car when asked to. This time he received even more charges, including one for impaired driving, driving while disqualified, and driving over .08.
That’s twice in two days that one teen was arrested for drunk driving, and he’s very fortunate that he was only stopped for drunk driving. Given the way he was driving he could have easily killed someone while under the influence.
It’s teen drunk driving arrests like that one that make you understand why so many provinces have zero tolerance laws. There’s no amount of alcohol that a teen can drink and still successfully drive, and given their limited experience behind the wheel and the feeling of invincibility that so many teens have, it’s not hard to imagine a situation like this one happening to more than one teen in more than one province.