TINY — A man charged with drunk driving on a farm tractor last month offers a reminder that drinking in a tractor cab can get you into trouble, even if you are driving on the shoulder of a road or in a field.
Georgian Bay OPP charged 57-year-old Nolan Ritchie of Tiny Township, west of Kawartha Lakes, with impaired driving. He’s not a farmer, said OPP media relations Const. David Hobson. He was just using a tractor to get home.
But whether it’s driving a truck, tractor, car, lawn mower or bicycle, being drunk or otherwise impaired while behind the wheel can end up in charges, Hobson said.
A farmer can even be charged while on his own tractor on his own land if he is drinking while working his fields, Hobson said, although police likely wouldn’t show up unless there was a complaint or an incident.