Very few people in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be able to forget about the drunk driving crash that claimed the lives of the Van de Vorst family. Parents Jordan and Chandra and their children Kamryn and Miguire were driving home on January 3rd, 2016 when Catherine McKay crashed into their vehicle while driving 106 km/hr.
All four were killed instantly, and McKay was charged with impaired driving after she registered 0.23 and 0.25 on a breathalyzer. Since that time McKay has been convicted of that charge and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but she’s been transferred to a Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan after only a month behind bars.
To provide both the family and people in the city of Saskatoon a spot to officially commemorate and remember the Van de Vorst family, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) created a highway memorial at the edge of Highway 11.
There are large white boards that list the names of everyone in the family, and they are placed both north and south in the intersection so that any driver who sees them will remember or just understand what happened on that January day.
During the unveiling Saskatoon’s Police Chief made a statement about how killing someone in a drunk driving crash is much like a homicide because driving drunk is a choice. He also cited Saskatchewan’s new impaired driving laws as a deterrent for people in the province, but acknowledged that there is a lot of work to do to change people’s attitudes toward driving under the influence of alcohol.
That seems to be Saskatchewan’s number one issue when it comes to drunk driving: the people in the province may not believe it’s very dangerous until someone they know dies in a drunk driving crash, and that attitude shows when you see the number of drunk drivers still on the roads.