Have you drunk too much alcohol at a party? Don’t end up camping out in your car!

November 26 2015, Marie-Andrée Boisvert

Have you drunk too much alcohol at a party? Don’t end up camping out in your car!
Let’s say you’ve spent an evening with friends at the bar, enjoying too many shots of liquor.

Let’s say you’ve spent an evening with friends at the bar, enjoying too many shots of liquor. As a responsible person, you stop drinking several hours before you need to leave, and decide to doze off in your car just to be safe.

If a police officer sees you sleeping in your car, you may suffer the same consequences as driving while impaired.

In fact, the law prohibits driving a vehicle while impaired, but also being in charge and in control.

Examples of evidence that you’re in charge and in control:

  • Sitting in the driver's seat, even if the vehicle is stopped.
  • Being in the vehicle (even asleep in the back seat) and being able to start the car.
  • Being near the vehicle (shovelling snow off the car, putting things in the trunk, listening to the radio, etc.).

So here are two things to avoid: telling someone to shovel snow off your car or trying to sober up by napping in your car for a few hours, waiting for the effects of the alcohol to wear off.