Drunk drivers teach us a lot

Drunk drivers teach us a lot


We are still amazed at how many people insist on driving while impaired.

What these drivers never think about is the life-long burden that families will have to endure after the accident.

But the RCMP don’t call these accidents.

Traffic Services Cpl. Robert McDonald is right when he says, “There’s nothing accidental when someone makes the decision to get behind the wheel when they are impaired.”

Sadly, too many people in BC still don’t grasp the gravity of impaired driving.

We hope the following true stories will provide an extra incentive for people to find alternate ways of getting home, such as public transit, taxi or a designated driver.

In possession of all his “facilities”

In a packed courtroom, a defence lawyer asked a police officer if he provided his client with an opportunity to use the facilities. The officer described how the defendant had to use the wall to steady himself, but swayed so much that he urinated on two different urinals and the wall. When the laughter in the courtroom died down, the defence lawyer simply said, “No more questions, your honor.”

Wives know best

A police officer administered a breathalyzer test on a motorist in a van. The driver blew a “fail.”

His wife then pulled up in a taxi and told the officer that she and her husband had been at a party. She then turned to her husband and said, “I told you that you had drunk too much and to take the taxi with me.”

Burning up

One Halloween night a driver sat intoxicated in his car, while his vehicle’s engine was burning. The public tried to help him before police arrived, but the driver was too intoxicated to realize the danger and refused to leave his car. But members of the public stepped in, at their own risk, to pull the driver from the vehicle. When police arrived, the driver was too intoxicated for a breath test. He was subsequently charged with impaired driving, and the Good Samaritans were given a police commendation.

Where’s the highway?

A constable was sitting in his marked police car on the shoulder of a busy highway.

A vehicle pulled up beside him and the driver rolled down her window and asked where the highway was.

The constable asked her to pull in front of his police car, and the driver again asked where the highway was. She didn’t realize she was on it.

So much for the warning

A driver pulled up to a roadblock and was cocky and nonchalant about the check, despite having the odour of liquor on his breath.

The driver failed two breathalyzer tests and became very irate and insulted the officer.

He said he was going to fight his vehicle impoundment and 90-day driving prohibition, and he was going to “win.” So he thought.

Police learned that the driver was issued a three-day driving prohibition the previous week for registering a “warn” on the breathalyzer.


Lyonel Doherty,


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