How do you keep a repeat offender from driving again? Some repeat offenders seem to ignore all of the impaired driving penalties including fines, license suspensions, and ignition interlock devices, just so they can continue to drive drunk whenever they’d like to.
Incredibly, one Manitoba man has now received his 18th and 19th drunk driving convictions, and instead of giving him a slap on the wrist, one judge has finally decided to put him in jail long term so he can’t drive again.
Roy Heide seems to have no intention of following court orders. He’s previously been charged with multiple impaired driving convictions, is banned from driving for life, and his most recent arrest had him charged with driving over .08, two counts of driving on a suspended license, theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of breaching court orders.
Some repeat offenders sincerely want to change their behavior, but they struggle with alcoholism or other on-going issues that they feel can prevent them from making the right choices. For Heide, a man who has already spent a long time in custody, long-term jail seemed to be judge’s only choice. He was convicted of impaired driving and sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison, only to re-offend while on parole.
Normally repeat offenders receive 120 days in jail for each conviction, but Heide will receive 8 years behind bars for his impaired driving convictions. Prosecutors in Manitoba feel he’s an ongoing threat to society, and he needs to serve a long-term sentence to even have the possibility of rehabilitation.
This is a good example for repeat offenders everywhere. You may think you’re only going to get a slap on the wrist if you continue to drink and drive, but those convictions can and will catch up to you and you could spend a long, long time in jail.