Are stricter sentences for drunk drivers on the way in Canada? If a recent sentence in Kitchener, Ontario is any indication, Canadians could be seeing the beginning of a trend that punishes convicted drunk drivers with longer jail terms than ever before.
A man named Ahmed Darwish was driving over 200 km/hr near Kitchener when he rear ended a car with a young couple, her mother, and their infant son. Traveling at those speeds can result in tragedy in any circumstance, but this man was also driving drunk. The young woman was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and died at the scene. The baby is expected to live, although he may have suffered brain damage and was on life support for a period of time.
He has pleaded guilty to many charges including impaired driving causing death, and he’s been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison. This sentence is in keeping with several other sentences that have been handed down over the past few years.
The man who killed three small children and their grandfather in the York Region of Ontario pleaded guilty to his charges and was sentenced to ten years in prison.
A Saskatchewan drunk driver who crashed into a family of four after New Year 2016 pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and was sentenced to ten years in prison. She’s since been transferred to a Healing Lodge to serve out her time.
Another Saskatchewan resident, Taypotat struck and killed a conservation officer who was directing traffic near Saskatoon. He’s serving a nine and a half year sentence for his crime.
These are just three examples of longer sentences for drunk drivers, and the fact that they’re longer prison terms is encouraging for other families going through the same situation. If someone makes the choice to drink and drive, they should have to pay the price, and in Canada that price is becoming a long stint in prison.