Impaired driving across Canada – disgusting!

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.

I am sickened to say that it’s been a particularly busy week in Canadian impaired driving. And I know for everyone visiting my blog, you probably don’t want to take the time to click and read all these links (trust me…I don’t…). It’s depressing. It’s time consuming. It’s disheartening. But I do it. I push myself to. I force myself to!

Because as I read these stories, I get good and disgusted and angry. And then I put this post together in the hopes that you will read them…or at least skim over them…so that you’ll get good and disgusted and angry. And then together, we’ll take a stand and tell every single person we know to not drink and drive. And we will refuse to get in a car with someone whose been drinking. And we will call the cops, on even our best friend, if we know he/she has been drinking and driving. Because that’s what it takes.

An ongoing thank you for all your support!

Here’s this week’s line-up of impaired driving news – buckle up – it’s a long one!

General News

  • One in three fatally injured drivers test positive for cannabis use. Even more alarming, 15.6 million road trips each year involve a driver who recently used cannabis. Is driving while high the same as driving drunk? Panelists came together to debunk the myths of drugs and driving at the event “Smoke and Mirrors: Youth, Cannabis and Driving.”
  • More than half of Canada’s senior high school students admit to drinking to excess at least once in the last month, while a smaller group even concedes driving within an hour of consuming alcohol, results of a new national report suggest.

Impaired Driving Causing Death

  • 1 sentenced
    • Caledon, ON: 19-year-old man sentenced to 3 years in jail, a 10-year driving ban and ordered to provide DNA sample after his he pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of a 54-year-old man.
  • 1 charged
    • Revelstoke, BC: 22-year-old man charged with impaired driving causing death after the driver’s 22-year-old passenger died when the truck went off-road and rolled into a ditch.

Impaired Driving Dausing Bodily Harm

  • 3 sentenced
    • Summerside, PEI: 43-year-old man sentenced to two years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm and driving while disqualified. The charges stemmed from a January 2011 head on collision with another vehicle during a snowstorm. The victim in the collision sustained a concussion, and cuts to his head and arms. The man will be on probation for three years, and is suspended from driving for 10 years following his prison sentence. He was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 to the victim and his insurance company.
    • Winnipeg, MB: 20-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm was sentenced to 1 year in jail for a drunken car crash that left her friend paralyzed (quadriplegic). SAD story! My god!
    • Sudbury, ON: 59-year-old man was found guilty of impaired driving causing bodily harm and was sentenced to 1 year in jail and a 5-year driving ban after he rolled his car 3 years ago leading to head injuries to his 90-year-old mother. This was his third impaired driving related conviction.
  • 1 charged
    • Sudbury, ON: 20-year-old charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and other charges after a single vehicle accident which saw 1 passenger in hospital with serious injuries.
  • 1 pleaded guilty
    • Stirling, ON: 23-year-old pled guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm in connection with a crash where he and four others were injured. He will be sentenced November 10, 2011.

Impaired Driving

  • 6 sentenced
    • Sarnia, ON: 46-year-old man who pleaded guilty to impaired driving and driving while disqualified (he was already under a 2-year driving ban for driving impaired in 2010) was sentenced to 4 months in jail as well as a 3-year driving ban to be served after his existing 2-year ban is up.
    • Sarnia, ON: 3 men sentenced for impaired driving convictions; 24-year-old was fined $1,400; 45-year-old was fined $1,500; and 51-year-old was fined $1,200 for offences ranging from July 2011 to September 2011. All also received 1-year driving ban.
    • Sudbury, ON: Man pleaded guilty to impaired driving and was sentenced to 1-year driving ban and a $1200 fine after crashing into a snow bank. His wife actually followed him to try and get him to stop driving and eventually had to call the police on him – WAY TO GO lady! We all know that must have been tough but better that than someone getting killed!
    • Sicamous, BC: 64-year-old man sentenced to 4.5 years in jail after his 20TH impaired driving offence (dating back to 1967).
  • 12 charged
    • Trenton, ON: 69-year-old man charged with impaired driving and several other charges after he failed to remain at a collision.
    • Barrie, ON: 32-year-old man charged with impaired driving after police found his abandoned truck smashed into a hydro pole.
    • Burnaby, AB: 52-year old man charged with impaired driving after crashing his SUV into a parked car.
    • Smith Falls, Perth: 21-year-old woman charged with impaired driving after police receive a 911 tip.
    • Halifax, NS: 43-year-old charged with two counts of impaired driving after being stopped for allegedly driving drunk twice in just over 3 hours.
    • Toronto, ON: 33-year-old man charged with impaired driving and a number of offences after he allegedly fled a RIDE spot-check and crashed his vehicle.
    • Surrey, BC: 57-year-old man charged with impaired driving after police find him driving with an open beer in his hand and his 12-year-old son in the passenger seat.
    • Brantford, ON: 34-year-old man charged with impaired driving after nearly taking out a police cruiser.
    • Kitchener, ON: 41-year-old man charged with impaired driving after rolling his car, landing on its roof in the other lane.
    • Clearwater, BC: Tractor trailer driver charged with impaired driving after police pulled him over and saw a can of Budweiser in a holder and the driver refused to give a breath sample (the charge for refusal is the same as impaired driving).
    • Clearwater, BC: 60-year-old woman charged with driving impaired after test showed that she was impaired by cannabis (marijuana).
    • Campbell River, BC: 38-year-old (scroll down page to read story) woman charged with impaired driving after being caught twice driving impaired within a 3-day period
  • 4 pleaded guilty
    • Kamloops, BC:  55-year-old celebrated native author and former television personality who went on “a binge” and was busted 3 times for drunk driving in a 2-week span last year and who pleaded guilty to 3 impaired-driving charges and 2 counts of failure to appear in court will be sentenced in October 2011.
    • Pictou, NS: 3 men (62, 68, and 56) pleaded guilty to impaired driving and will be sentenced later in November 2011.
  • 1 case put over
    • Chatham, ON: 45-year old female police officer charged with impaired driving has case put over.

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