Anyone who causes a drunk driving crash and ends up in jail should be pretty shaken up by the experience, especially if you’re someone who’s never been in trouble with police before. At the very least you’d expect someone who’s killed someone because of drunk driving to make some life changes and acknowledge the impact of the crime he or she has committed.
Unfortunately, Reginald White didn’t get that memo after he caused a drunk driving crash in Millertown, Newfoundland. He was drunk behind the wheel in June of 2015 while driving a Polaris ATV, and he had a few passengers with him. He crashed into another vehicle, and one of his passengers was ejected and died at the scene while another sustained serious injuries.
He was sent to jail for impaired driving causing death but was released on bail waiting his court date. Instead of learning from his mistake he made the decision to drive drunk again, and he’s now crashed for a second time in Millertown.
He must have realized the trouble he was in because he attempted to flee the scene after the crash, and when he was prevented from doing so he tried to bribe passengers in the other car to not bother calling police. He also attempted to obstruct a police officer.
He’s now back in jail on multiple charges, and he’ll most likely remain in jail until he’s appeared before a judge. Because he’s behind bars there’s no concern about this specific offender drunk driving again, but what about other drunk driving offenders in the same situation? What will stop them from getting out on bail and re-offending?
That’s where ignition interlocks come in. Newfoundland drunk driving laws should be amended to require offenders to immediately install an ignition interlock in their vehicle after they are released on bail after causing death or injury due to impaired driving. Someone who has committed this crime shouldn’t be able to receive a simple driver’s license suspension and send off from jail with the hopes that they don’t drive drunk again. The only way to truly prevent them from driving is an ignition interlock.
You might think someone who is arrested for drunk driving and placed in jail wouldn’t dream of doing it again, but you’d be wrong. Ignition interlocks are the best way to stop these relentless repeat offenders.