Although some drunk driving offenders will learn their lesson the first time they are arrested for impaired driving, others never have the desire to stop getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Case in point? A repeat offender in Nova Scotia wasn’t deterred by the fact that he went to prison for killing his common law partner because he was driving drunk. He also wasn’t motivated to drive sober when he received day parole from prison and was given the opportunity to begin his life again. Instead, this repeat offender was arrested for impaired driving again after he smashed into a utility pole in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Kevin Purcell’s path to prison began back in 2011. He was driving with his common-law wife in the vehicle when he drove through a stop sign and crashed into a highway guard rail. His wife died at the scene and he was charged with impaired driving causing death, driving on a suspended license, and stealing gas.
That was the crash he went to prison for, and although officials made the decision to grant him day parole, it was a misguided decision for some drunk driving offenders including Purcell. His choice to drink and drive again resulted in three more charges, and odds are that will be the end of his day parole and the beginning of another stint in prison.
This offender shouldn’t have been driving at all because he already had multiple driving offenses on his record when he crashed and killed his wife, but if he was in possession of a vehicle for whatever reason, that vehicle should have been equipped with an ignition interlock.
Driving on a suspended license is one of the many reasons why Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) advocates for ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders. Because almost 75% of offenders will continue to drive on a suspended license, that ignition interlock is the only means of stopping them from driving drunk, and it’s the only way to stop repeat offenders like this one from crashing again.