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Drunk driving a factor in Laval three car pile-up

WATCH ABOVE: The increased number of people on the roads during long weekends can lead to an increased danger--impaired driving. Global's Rachel Lau reports after horrific crash on Highway 440 leaves two drivers facing impaired driving charges.

MONTREAL – Two drivers face possible impaired driving charges after a three-car collision in Laval.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) received a phone call around 1 a.m. Sunday about a car driving in the wrong direction on Highway 440.

As officers were on the way to the scene, they received a call from Laval police to say there had been a major accident in the area.

“The first vehicle, which was going the wrong way, crashed into the second,” Claude Denis, spokesperson for the SQ, told Global News.

“Then the second vehicle hit a third car.”

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One car was overturned.

The other two were completely totaled.

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All three drivers were taken to the hospital.

The drivers of the first two vehicles have serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the third vehicle was discharged from the hospital with minor injuries.

According to Éduc’alcool, the risks of drinking and driving increase on a long weekend.

“People think it’s like a timeout and timeout is where people forget about the usual rules that they follow,” said Huber Sacy, Director-General of Éduc’alcool.

“It’s like being considered as on holiday.”

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About one third of road accidents are caused by people who too often take the risk to drink and drive.

“‘Do I take a chance?’ ‘Am I going to be caught or not?'” said Sacy.

“If they think that they’re not going to be caught, then they will drive under the influence of alcohol even though they’re not in a condition to drive.”

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This is despite the fact that there are more police officers monitoring the roads.

“It’s not being caught or not being caught that is dangerous,” said Sacy.

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“It’s killing yourself, or killing somebody else or even worse sometimes, becoming handicapped for life.”

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SQ officers are awaiting blood tests to determine whether the drivers’ blood-alcohol levels exceeded the allowed limit.

They are facing charges of impaired driving.

rachel.lau@globalnews.ca