Impaired driving…this week’s news

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.

General News

  • Now THIS is what I am talking about. South Carolina, US: a female impaired driver who hit and killed a 23-year-old man got 25 YEARS IN PRISON! The driver had been a repeat offender: DUI in 1992, 1995 and 1996 and with driving under a suspended license in 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2003. 25 years in jail sends the message to impaired drivers that if you kill someone, it’s MURDER! Wish we could see this in Canada!
  • More results from Operation Impact! Kennebecasis, NB: RCMP from District 3 in NB (which covers areas including Sussex, Hampton and Grand Bay-Westfield) did 251 check stops from April to mid-October. As a result of those check stops, 42 people have been charged with impaired driving and 20 drivers have been given week-long suspensions meaning their blood-alcohol level was approaching the legal limit of .08, but not over it.
  • New data shows Canadian drivers are much less likely to be under the influence of alcohol when involved in a fatal vehicle accident in the United States.

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

Impaired Driving Causing Death

  • 1 acquitted
    • Saint-Wilfred, NB: Family is outraged after a 24-year-old man is acquitted in an impaired case. The man had been driving a personal watercraft when it collided with a boat and a 36-year-old passenger died in the collision. The judge stated that he suspected the man was impaired given his flight from the scene after the collision but suspicion was not enough to support a finding of guilt.

Impaired Driving Causing Bodily harm

  • 1 at trial
    • Whitehorse, Yukon: trial for a 30-year-old man charged with 6 counts of dangerous and impaired driving causing bodily harm began this week. The driver rolled his vehicle and 2 of his friends were injured, 1 being a 23-year-old woman who sustained severe spinal injuries and lost the use of both her legs.
  • 1 pleaded guilty
    • Saskatoon, SK: 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing bodily harm after he lost control of his car and his four friends were injured.

Impaired Driving

  • 6 charged
    • Ottawa, ON: 26-year-old man charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving, and failure to provide a breath sample when 27-year-old pedestrian woman was killed by the driver who was driving the wrong-way. She was about to embark on a career working in social justice, something she had dreamed of for years, after graduating from law school in May. He was released from custody pending his trial and is able to drive. Here’s hoping the guy’s charges get upgraded to impaired driving causing death!
    • South Delta, BC: A witness reported an impaired driver and then followed the vehicle providing updates. A traffic stop was initiated and after the driver failed a roadside screening test, the subject was issued a 90-day driving suspension and the vehicle was towed. Yeahhh to the witness!!
    • Sault Ste Marie, ON: 60-year-woman and 52 year-old man were both charged with impaired driving at Canada Customs on the same night but in two separate instances.
    • Machar Township, ON: 21-year-old man charged with impaired driving after he lost control of his car on a curve and ended up in the ditch, striking a rock.
    • Toronto, ON: 38-year-old man was charged with impaired driving after the tractor-trailer he was driving jackknifed across a highway and caused a 3-vehicle crash where 4 people suffered minor injuries.

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