Rush hour traffic can already be crazy in Ontario, especially in the afternoon when everyone is trying to make it home at the end of a long day. Yesterday's evening commute could have ended so much worse though. That's because around 5 PM yesterday, and Ontario driver was caught driving while being 4.5 times over the legal alcohol limit.
According to Halton Police, the driver was pulled over yesterday afternoon around 5 PM, in the peak of rush hour. They were stopped in Burlington near Walkers Line and Upper Middle Road. It is not clear yet what led officers to pull this car over, but once they did and performed a breathalyzer test the driver blew 4.5 times over the legal limit, which is 0.08, meaning they had a blood alcohol content around 0.36.
Somehow, in this case, there was no accident or collision as a result of this drunk driver, but this high of a blood alcohol concentration is incredibly dangerous. First of all, any impaired driving can lead to deadly collisions on the roads, but that risk is increased the more impaired you are, especially during rush hour when there is a lot of traffic on the roads. On top of that though, it's also incredibly dangerous for the driver themselves.
Just after 5pm yesterday, while many of you would have been making your way home, one of our officers stopped a vehicle near Walkers Line and Upper Middle Rd. in Burlington.— Halton Police (@HaltonPolice) 21 February 2019
The driver of that vehicle was later charged with driving more than 4.5x over the legal limit. ^jh pic.twitter.com/56o1JRSsb2
With a BAC of at least 0.36, this person was literally a few drinks away from death. Research has found that having a BAC between 0.37 and 0.4 or higher can actually be fatal.
Aside from the imminent risk of death here, at a BAC between 0.25 and 0.3 people can also lose all motor function, responsiveness, and possibly lose consciousness as well. This begs the question of how this driver was even able to get into their car, let alone drive it.
As for what leads someone to blow that much over the legal limit, it varies depending on the person. There are several factors that contribute to BAC including what you drink, how fast you drink it, your size, and your age.
According to the Prevention and Treatment Resource Press, on average a 120-pound woman would have to consume seven drinks in one hour to reach a BAC of 0.3. Meanwhile, a 160-pound man would have to have 11 drinks in one hour to reach that same BAC. That breaks down to about one drink every 5 minutes, which is still a crazy amount.
Not much is known about the drunk driver in this case, including their gender, age, or other factors leading up to this particular arrest. More details are expected to come out at the beginning of next week when Halton Police release their weekly list of all impaired drivers in the region.
Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.