Saskatchewan has had its share of bad press due to impaired driving over the past few years. Along with Prince Edward Island, the province is well known as having one of the worst impaired driving records in the entire country. The province is fighting back with stricter impaired driving laws and ignition interlock programs for first time offenders, but it can feel like two steps forward, 3 steps back when you hear about a horrible impaired driving crash like one that happened in Prince Albert.
A Saskatchewan man finally had his day in court after admitting to causing a crash in 2013 that led to the death of a 21-year-old young woman and a 17-year-old pregnant teenager. Jeremiah Jobb pleaded guilty to two charges of impaired driving causing death after he drove impaired and crashed into the two girls on their way to 7-11.
In an even more tragic twist, the pregnant teenager’s baby was delivered at the hospital before she died. The tiny girl was delivered 3 months early and suffered head injuries in the crash, spending 5 months in the hospital.
An impaired driving crash is one of the most tragic ways you can leave this world, and it’s even more tragic that a life had to be brought into the world too soon because of someone’s choice to drive drunk.
Only 21 years old, Jobb’s life is forever altered too. Because he made the choice to drive while impaired, two young girls are dead and a baby will never know her own mother. In this case, the jail time, fines, and driver’s license suspension hardly seem to be enough of a penalty.
Saskatchewan is working hard to stop impaired drivers, but this crash is a sad reminder that there’s still a lot of work to do. Maybe you’ll remember this crash when you consider drinking and driving, and no matter where you live, you’ll call a cab or ask a sober driver to get you home safely.