Saskatchewan has a lot to be proud of. From the endless wheat fields to the bright blue sky, it’s a beautiful place. Although the province has a lot going for it, it also has an impaired driving problem that reached critical levels years ago, and judging from the tragic crashes that have occurred there, the strong steps the Saskatchewan government has taken to fight impaired driving have been necessary.
One of those steps is treating people who drive drunk and cause crashes to severe penalties, and that’s exactly what happened to a man who caused the deaths of two women and left a newborn baby with a brain injury. The offender was driving 3 times the speed limit and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) more than 2 ½ times the legal limit of .08 at the time of the crash, and reports say he refused a ride from a sober driver earlier in the evening.
The crash occurred back in 2013 when the driver struck the vehicle of Taylor Litwin and Brandy Lepine. Taylor Litwin died at the scene, and Brandy Lepine, who was pregnant at the time, died shortly after she was rushed to the hospital to deliver a baby girl by C-section. Although she was only 26 weeks pregnant her baby was delivered weighing in at 2.2 pounds. Because of the crash, the baby suffered brain damage that gives her frequent seizures.
Because he made the choice to drive impaired, the offender has been sentenced to four years in prison. According to Saskatchewan impaired driving laws, he’ll also lose his drivers license for a period of time and be required to drive with an ignition interlock if and when his license is reinstated.
The jail time handed out in this case is a clear message to impaired drivers in Saskatchewan: if you drink and drive, you can and will be held accountable for your actions.