Impaired driving: news from across Canada this week

Hubby looking at the car his mother was killed in by a drunk driver. Don't let this happen to you! One drink is one too many. Why risk the life of an innocent. In Donna Jean Kennie's honor and in the honor of all the victims of impaired driving, please don't drink and drive.

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In her honor, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Here’s this week’s line up of impaired driving news.

Impaired driving causing death

  • 4 charged
    • Norway House reserve, Manitoba: 20-year-old charged with impaired driving causing death and four counts of breach of undertaking after 22-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed.
    • Kelowna, British Columbia: 39-year-old charged more than a year after a three-vehicle collision took the life of a 17-year-old. He is charged with dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, and causing an accident resulting in death.
    • Calgary, Alberta: 25-year-old faces charges of second-degree murder, dangerous operation causing death, impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and impaired driving causing harm in relation to the death of an 18-year-old college student that was run down and killed. Defendant has offered to plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the case.
    • Shamattawa, Manitoba; 48-year-old faces multiple charges, including impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and failing to comply with an undertaking. 41-year-old died after being thrown from a moving truck.
  • 1 pleads not guilty – on trial
    • Nanaimo, British Columbia: 38-year-old woman plead not-guilty to two counts of impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. The charges are in relation to a 2008 car crash that killed two of her children (two boys, aged two and nine) while her two girls were injured in the crash. Trial starts this week.
  • 1 pleads guilty
    • Calgary, Alberta: 24-year-old enters guilty to impaired driving causing death and bodily harm. Sentencing on Friday September 9, 2011.

Impaired driving causing bodily harm

  • 1 pleads guilty
    • Winnipeg, Manitoba: 22-year old woman pleads guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm. While impaired, she blew through a red light and collided with a tractor-trailer unit. The car drove under the trailer, had its roof sheared off, and went out the other side. Her friend and passenger, now 30, suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and is now paralyzed from the neck down. The Judge will sentence October 3, 2011.
  • 1 pleads not guilty
    • Corner Brook, Newfoundland: 29-year-old pleads guilty to impaired driving while pleading not guilty to a separate incident charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm. Trial for that charge starts September 14, 2011.

Impaired driving

  • 3 charged
    • Edmonton, Alberta: 18-year-old charged with impaired driving after driving his car into a home and setting the house on fire.
    • St. Catharines, Ontario: 33-year old woman charged with impaired driving. After crashing into a pole, her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.
    • Big Bay Point, Ontario: 41-year-old charged with impaired driving after getting his truck stuck in a ditch.
  • 1 pleads guilty
    • Corner Brook, Newfoundland: 29-year-old pleads guilty to impaired driving while pleading not guilty to a separate incident charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm. Trial for that charge starts September 14, 2011.
  • 2 sentenced
    • Hampton, New Brunswick: 20-year-old first-time impaired driving offender sentenced to three days in jail as part of one judge’s efforts to crack down on impaired driving.
    • North Bay, Ontario: 24-year old sentenced to serve another two years in jail after he plead guilty last month to endangering life, stealing a van, threatening to use it as a weapon, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and driving with almost twice the legal limit of alcohol his blood. He crashed a van into a tent with two young boys in it.

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Comments

  1. Elena Aitken says:

    Natalie,
    this post breaks my heart. I’m so sorry about your mother in-law. Drinking and driving is such a senseless thing and so preventable.
    Reading the stats you posted, what struck me were the very young ages of most of those involved.
    So sad.
    but a good reminder for everyone.

    • Thank you so much Elena. It is such a senseless crime. Since I’ve started doing this post, it never ceases to amaze me the variety of ages; how young and how old. It’s just astonishing really that people haven’t figured it out that it’s not worth it.

  2. Most of those drivers are so young! That’s truly frightening.

    That picture of your husband and the car is so powerful. You’re right – one drink is too many to get behind the wheel.

    Definitely a good reminder for everyone.

    • I know….young, eh?! I thought with all the awareness information out there now adays, young people would never take the risk but it seems like impaired driving stupidity knows no age, race or gender to discriminate against.
      Hubby by his mother’s car is one of the most heart breaking and powerful photos I’ve ever seen. Every time I look at it, my heart wrenches. So sad. I hope by putting it out there time and time again, the message continues to get out and maybe strikes a chord with someone who may have risked a few drinks and driving.
      Thanks for your continued support! 🙂

  3. Natalie – good for you and this continuing campaign on such an important issue!

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