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Stiffer penalties needed for driving impaired


We have heard nationally and locally more devastating stories of how impaired driving crashes have ripped apart families; this is what urges me to continue working with MADD Canada.

It’s important for us all to spread the message to stop impaired driving – educate your friends, parents, children, aunts and uncles – and use our voices to see important changes to laws in Canada to help eliminate impaired driving.

We need measures that combat impaired driving, including required interlock system installation for impaired driving offenders to eliminate repeat offenders, random testing by police officers to stop people impaired before a crash happens and vehicle impoundments for drivers caught with a BAC level between .5 and .8 to deter people.

 These tactics have proven to reduce impaired driving crashes in other jurisdictions. It is time we adopted these measures in Newfoundland and Labrador to help eliminate this violent and vicious crime.

 We need to introduce stiffer penalties for people found guilty of impaired driving. The normal two to three years for killing someone while impaired driving is not enough.

I personally believe driving a vehicle impaired is the equivalent of shooting a loaded gun. It should be treated in court like that. We need to send a message to offenders that their actions are not acceptable and the severity of their choice. The only way to achieve this is increase sentences.

 We all have a role to play in Canada – the government, to introduce laws; the police, to enforce those laws; and the citizens, to follow those laws and educate others of them.

Let’s all stop impaired driving!

Sincerely,

Donald Slaney, president

MADD Avalon

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