Every single time someone is killed due to drunk driving, it’s a tragedy. When three children and their grandfather are killed because someone made the choice to drink and drive, there are no words to describe the monumental pain and shock. It’s life altering for the family who has lost their loved ones to something so senseless.
Unfortunately that’s exactly the situation Jennifer Neville-Lake has found herself in. Her 3 children and her father died in a crash after a suspected drunk driver ran a stop sign and struck their vehicle in the late afternoon. The entire province of Ontario is in shock over the deaths, and now Neville-Lake would like everyone to sign a petition she’s shared to enact change.
The basis of the petition is a simple one: if you drink and drive, you should go to jail. The petition outlines that a first impaired driving conviction in Canada involves no jail time at all, and if you receive a second impaired driving conviction, you’ll only go to jail for 14 days.
The petition also calls for:
- Mandatory jail time, even if no death or injury occurs due to drinking and driving
- Impaired drivers should lose their drivers licenses permanently
- Random breath tests administered by the police
- Ignition interlock devices to prevent an impaired driver from starting their vehicle
- Lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to .05 instead of .08
Provinces like Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan have toughened up their impaired driving laws in recent years, and although these new laws have been met with stiff opposition, since passed they’ve been effectively reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road.
What will happen if the change.org petition reaches 35,000 signatures? No one knows whether the Canadian Minister of Justice will enact even one of the changes mentioned on the petition, but making impaired driving laws even stiffer for all offenders is a step in the right direction. No one should ever have to lose all of their children and their father to drinking and driving.