Pedestrian Dies After Driver Evades RIDE Stop

December 17, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

We met a couple from Michigan this summer who were quite confused by a scene they encountered that afternoon. They described being stopped in a line of cars at a police stop, proceeding through the line and having to answer some questions on a sunny afternoon. They thought the police were on a manhunt. They didn’t realize what a RIDE stop is. Once we explained it they thought it was a brilliant idea.

This past weekend a driver clearly did not want to be stopped at a RIDE in Guelph and the outcome was tragic. The Ontario SIU is now investigating after a driver failed to stop at a ride. Police pursued the driver and found a pedestrian who had been struck and had has died. This is the worst possible outcome to a routine check.

In Ontario a driver is required to stop when requested to do so by police. If you come upon a RIDE stop here are some tips:

  1. Don’t try to turn around or evade the stop. Police will follow you and pull you over anyway.
  2. Don’t lie to the police. They know the signs of someone who has been drinking or is impaired.
  3. Don’t lie to the police. I put that one in twice on purpose. There is no quicker way to ruin your evening.
  4. If you admit to having consumed alcohol, or the police think you are impaired they may ask you to blow into a roadside screening device which may lead to a more thorough test by an Intoxilyzer.
  5. If you blow over the legal limit you will be taken to the station and your car will either be towed or an unimpaired licenced passenger may be permitted to take your car home for you.

Impaired driving convictions will mean you have a criminal record which will impact you for the rest of your life. You will face restricted employment opportunities, restricted travel, increased insurance rates, and other credibility issues.

If you find that you have a hard time stopping after one or two drinks then you should always have a backup plan. Don’t drive. Take transit, a cab, walk, or hire a car retrieval service. These services will pick you up at the bar and drive you home in your own car delivering you both safe and sound. My understanding is that these don’t cost much more than a taxi ride.

Posted under Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Drunk Driving Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Spinal Cord Injury

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