New blog page for my family’s impaired driving story

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.

New on the Blog

It’s been a long time coming but I finally created a new blog page (Impaired Driving – Our Story) for my family’s personal impaired driving story with all the pertinent links and information. It was gut wrenching to put together…I cried a lot…

Although having an impaired driving category and writing about it every Friday is great, I wanted to give our story a bit more blog prominence. And for newbies to my blog, it gives them a quick and easy way to get the down and dirty info on why I am so impassioned about impaired driving. Be sure to stop by and check it out and let me know what you think? It’s at the top of my blog, beside Contact Me.

MADD Canada News

  • MADD Canada School Assembly Program targets youth by exposing them to the human and legal impact of impaired driving through the Damages (short clip about the program). The film begins in a courtroom where we meet Jesse, who had a promising future. Jesse has been charged with four serious crimes. He is an impaired driver who caused a horrific car crash. I cried when I watched it! Here is a news story about a high school that was presented with the Damages program.
  • Check out MADD Canada’s YouTube channel for more movie clips.
  • Moncton, NB: MADD holds a memorial service. Families of loved ones killed by drunk drivers call for an end to the madness at the second annual MADD memorial service held at the Fair Haven Memorial Gardens. A memorial bearing the names of a dozen killed in drunk-driving crashes was erected a year ago in memory of those deceased and to help raise public awareness and outrage.
  • Oakville, ON: Pizza fundraiser for MADD Canada. Gino’s Pizza teamed up with MADD Canada to support the fight against impaired driving. On September 22, 2011, every in-store customer got one free slice of pizza for every minimum $1 donation made to MADD Canada between 11 am – 4 pm. Very cool!
  • British Columbia: One year later police say that tougher impaired driving laws are having an effect. As of September 20, 2010 in BC, blowing above the legal limit (.08) meant an immediate 90-day driving ban and a $500 fine. Blowing a “warning” (.05 to .08) meant an immediate three-day driving suspension and a $200 fine. The restaurant industry is upset however saying that the tougher laws are causing a decline in business. Cocktail hours no longer exist and people who use to go after work and blow off steam are gone. (Seriously people??? Lives saved but business has gone down so they want the laws reviewed. I am sorry but these people need to get their priorities straight…or risk losing THEIR loved one to an impaired driver!)
  • President of MADD Canada has blog called Heart to Heart with Denise.

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

Impaired Driving Causing Death

  • 1 charged
    1. Hamilton, ON: 61-year-old man charged with impaired driving causing death. After hitting and killing a woman, he stole her purse and 13 hours later made a $113 charge at Bell Mobility on her credit card. (How sick is that?!?!)
  • 2 pled guilty
    1. Edmonton, AB: 29-year-old man pled guilty to impaired driving causing death (3 times over the legal limit) after a February 2010 crash that killed a 43-year-old woman just steps from her home. He will be sentenced September 22, 2011.
    2. Tappen, BC: 29-year-old pled guilty to a series of criminal charges including impaired driving causing the death of his 18-month old daughter in a collision on the on October 23, 2009.

Impaired Driving

  • 1 sentenced
    1. Sarnia, ON: 54-year-old man who pled guilty to impaired driving, failing to provide a breath sample and resisting a police officer was fined $2700 and issued a one-year driving ban with a year’s probation where he must stay away from alcohol
  • 2 charged
    1. Brantford, ON: 16-year-old charged with impaired driving charges after he was found driving at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for a stop sign and narrowly missed a police cruiser before going off the road into a ditch. If convicted, he faces a fine of between $60 to $500 and the suspension or cancellation of his driver’s license.
    2. Bracebridge, ON: 38-year old woman charged with impaired driving (among many charges) after driving to and entering a stranger’s home only to then pass out, partially clothed, in the grass.
  • 1 charge pending
    1. To Keswick, ON: 21-year-old faces impaired driving charges after a crash. Three male passengers in the vehicle were hurt as a result of the crash and a passenger in the rear seat was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. All of the men were in their early 20s.

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

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