In order to raise awareness about the lives taken by drunk drivers, the Thomas family has started collecting shoes for their empty shoe demonstration at the Calgary Courthouse and Cochrane Court House.

The demonstration aims to have 1875 pairs of old shoes to represent each life taken in Canada every year by impaired drivers.

This comes on the heels of the minimum sentence handed down by the courts to confessed drunk driver Ryan Gibson, whose blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and who was driving on the wrong side of the road when he killed Brandon Thomas, and his subsequent appeal.

“I guess he feels 6 months in jail is too high a price to pay for killing my son Brandon,” said Kim Thomas, the appeal sparking her desire to run the demonstration outside of the Calgary and Cochrane courthouses.

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“We need so many more pairs as we currently have 198 pairs of shoes of the needed 1875,” said Kim, adding shoes will be accepted in any condition.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has dropped off shoes, those who are helping collect and those that will go through theirs and bring some,” Kim added.

The date of the demonstration in Calgary is set for June 14 and the Cochrane date has yet to be decided.

“We need to stop impaired driving,” said Kim. “We need to stop innocent people from losing their life and families from losing their brothers and sisters.”

Source: Cochrane Times



Last updated on: 2014-05-30 | Link to this post