Nearly 15-hundred empty pairs of shoes were laid out this afternoon along 17th avenue and 8th street S.W.

Each pair representing a life lost to impaired driving every year in Canada.

Families for Justice organized the event to bring awareness to the issue while gathering signatures to petition the government for mandatory sentences against those who kill while impaired.

Alberta Minister of Justice Jonathan Denis was on hand and says the province is moving in the right direction but their hands may be tied when it comes to sentencing. He says,”Alberta does have some of the toughest drunk driving laws in Canada, (however) dealing with sentencing that is a matter under a constitution that is federal. We are on the record supporting mandatory sentences for drunk drivers who cause serious bodily harm or death.”

Denis went on to say the issue will be brought up when National Justice Ministers meet in November, here in Alberta.

A link to the petition asking for harsher impaired sentences can be found on the Families for Justice Facebook page.

Source: News Talk 770



Last updated on: 2014-09-23 | Link to this post