Impaired drivers' privacy trumps public safety: Doctor

Dr. Brett Belchetz on Aug. 20, 2014. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Dr. Brett Belchetz on Aug. 20, 2014. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

DR. Brett Belchetz, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

Several weeks ago, during an evening shift in my emergency room, a motor vehicle accident victim was brought into my department by ambulance, having suffered minor injuries as a result of her crash.

The patient, a woman in her 40s, had driven her car into the back of another automobile, causing significant damage to her vehicle and injuring the two occupants of the car she struck.

As I examined this woman, it became apparent to me she was likely under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Her breath smelled strongly of liquor, her words were slurred, and her balance was unsteady.

Speaking to the attending paramedics, I was informed police had not interviewed the woman at the scene and she had not yet been subjected to an alcohol breath test. Assessing the patient for injuries, I proceeded to order x-rays and CT scans, as well as lab tests to screen for alcohol and drugs of abuse.


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