When Marco Muzzo crashed and killed three children and their grandfather in 2015, that should have been the beginning of the end for Ontario impaired driving. The crash was high profile, tragic, and made headlines across Canada, and when Muzzo was given ten years in prison, it was one of the stiffest sentences in Ontario impaired driving and Canadian history.
But that crash and the horrific loss of innocent lives hasn’t had the impact the family and law enforcement were hoping. Instead, the York Region where Muzzo’s crash occurred, is seeing an increasing surge in drunk drivers, and it’s enough to make police feel as though they’re running out of options to stop them.
According to a recent article in the yorkregion.com, there are at least ten drunk drivers stopped every single weekend. On a recent Family Day weekend, that number rose to thirteen. Not only are these drivers drunk; they’re extremely intoxicated, with some arrested at three times the legal limit or are found to be in care and control of their vehicle while sleeping behind the wheel.
Clearly people aren’t getting the message that Ontario impaired driving is illegal, dangerous, and can easily kill someone, so police have started another campaign that aims to change attitudes. It’s called #Imthatperson and it’s a social media campaign designed to share a message: if you see someone drinking and driving in Ontario, you can and should stop them or call the police immediately if when they drive away.
The only way to end Ontario impaired driving is to stand up and stop those potential drunk drivers before they leave the parking lot. Call a cab for a friend, be a sober driver for a group of people, and always remember that if you don’t make the choice to drive sober, someone else can pay for your mistake.