There’s no doubt that the York Region of Ontario has a huge impaired driving problem, but no one can understand why. Ontario has stiff impaired driving laws, and if people learn by others choices, the impaired driving crashes and arrests that have happened over the past year in the region should have slowed drunk drivers to a trickle.
Out of all those crashes, the one involving Marco Muzzo and the Neville-Lake family is by far the most tragic and high profile. For several months news items relating to the death of the three Neville-Lake children and their grandfather were on the covers of papers across Canada, and when Muzzo was convicted and sentenced to ten years in jail, people took note of the stiff sentence.
But the tragic loss of three young children wasn’t enough to stop impaired drivers in the area. Soon more articles appeared, with these focusing on how many impaired drivers were arrested so soon after the crash and sentencing.
Just this past August there were sixteen drivers charged with impaired driving-related offenses over a single weekend. One driver was so drunk he was swerving and nearly hitting other vehicles, and when he pulled over he passed out. It took police several attempts to wake him. According to police, that weekend there were twelve men and two women pulled over, and nine of those drivers were driving with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of twice the legal limit.
If these are the types of drivers on the roads in the York Region, it’s only a matter of time before there’s another crash on the news. Another family will lose a father, brother, sister, mother, or child, and yet another person, after making the choice to drink and drive, will be given a harsh jail sentence that the court hopes will send a message.
Drunk driving can kill an innocent person in seconds. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like there are a lot of people in the York region who aren’t getting that message.