On average 4 Canadians are killed EVERY DAY in impaired driving crashes (190 injured)*

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

Check out this commercial done by KIA, in partnership with MADD Canada. I think it’s uberlicious:

 

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

Impaired driving causing death

  • 1 trial delayed (going on 3 years…yes you read that correctly)
    • Woodstock, Ontario: Trial for a woman charged with impaired driving causing death (of a 4-month old baby) and criminal negligence causing death has been 3 years in the making and is delayed again after defendant fires her second lawyer. (How can we call this an acceptable justice system when someone can obviously manipulate it to their advantage while torturing a family?)
  • 1 sentenced
    • Calgary, Alberta: 24-year old sentenced to ONE YEAR in jail for impaired driving causing death (of a 20-year-old) and impaired driving causing bodily harm (2 people then ages 18 and 20). She also received probation for two years, with conditions that she participate in a substance abuse program and anger management counselling, and a driving prohibition for three years after her release from jail. I told you about this case last week. (I don’t care what the sob story is or how far she’s come since killing someone driving impaired, a man’s life was lost – is one year in jail really adequate? This is a crime that we “equate” to murder yet one year is less than you would get for growing weed.)

Impaired driving

  • 1 charged
    • Calgary, Alberta: 37-year-old woman charged with a slew of offences including impaired driving after a night of alleged hit and runs.
  • 1 sentenced
    • Sarnia, Ontario: 35-year-old woman was fine $1400 after pleading guilty to impaired driving. She drank 9 beers throughout the day and thought she’d be fine. She was over twice the legal limit when police caught up with her. She was also given a one-year driving ban but she will be eligible to drive after three months if she pays to have a breath-test device installed in her vehicle.
  • 3 charges pending
    • Toronto, Ontario: 22-year-old facing impaired driving charges after driving into a tree. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries while 2 passengers (ages 23 and 24) are in critical condition.
    • Toronto, Ontario: One person arrested for impaired driving by hasn’t been formally charge yet after car was rear-ended by a tractor trailer.
    • New Westminster, Vancouver: 29-year-old faces impaired driving charges after police catch him driving on a pedestrian-only boardwalk.

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How has impaired driving affected your life? Please…share…I want to know!

*Source: MADD Canada

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Comments

  1. Natalie, I feel sad every time I read your MADD posts and I so support your campaign.

    • Thank you so much Patricia – your support means so much!!! If we all pull together, I know it’ll be amazing what we can accomplish to bring awareness and prevention to this devasting crime….that can make a huge difference!

  2. Keep up the campaign Natalie. The statistics are heartbreaking.

  3. Thanks for this weekly tribute to Mom – you continually honor her memory in so many ways!!! Means the world to me!

  4. That is a good commercial. Keep up the campaign. 🙂

  5. Natalie,
    I’m so sorry to learn about such a tragedy in your life. I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must have been.
    My heart goes to all the victims of this crime and I fully support your campaign.

  6. I love it when Hubby comments. He’s super fabulous.

    Love that commercial almost as much as I love your commitment to exposing impaired driving. Keep up the good work. You are uberlicious yourself!

  7. Hi Natalie. Ontario seems to be cracking down on impaired drivers. The commercial would be effective for that teen-to-20-something crowd, especially. You’re doing a great job keeping this topic in front of everyone’s face. Maybe if they hear about it all the time, it will finally sink in! I’m fortunate that this problem has not impacted my or my children’s lives directly and I pray it never will. Keep it up…you’ll make a difference.

    • Thanks so much Marcia. Yes, I believe all the provinces are trying to find a way to crack down on impaired driving in such a way that it’s effective. The issue really comes down to how hard it can be to catch and prosecute people who do it. They say you can drive up to 2000 times impaired before ever getting caught. Yikes! I hope by bringing the topic to front of mind at least once a week, maybe, just maybe, people will start to realized and take action.
      You are blessed that it has not touhed your life and I pray that it never does!

  8. This is a great idea, Natalie. Impaired driving is stupid and selfish. Keep up the great work:)

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