The mayor of Wabush is calling for stiffer penalties for people who drink and drive, especially when their actions cause death or bodily harm.

Ron Barron said he's heard of too many light sentences being handed out across the country.

"Eighteen months and walk out of jail after killing someone? That's not acceptable," he said.

"You know when you take a life, that's forever, and if you look at the families that have to deal with and live the rest of their lives without loved ones, there has to be consequences."

Barron received council approval this week to draft a letter to send to provincial and federal lawmakers. He's asking other municipalities across Newfoundland and Labrador to join in his efforts.

"I'm sure we're not the only community here that's been affected by incidents of this nature," he said.

Barron also wants those convicted of alcohol-related crimes to spend more time in jail before being eligible for parole.

Community still reeling

Last week, Wabush resident Jeremy Reid was granted day parole, seven months after he was sentenced to four years in prison for impaired driving causing death and bodily harm.

Reid ran down Shane Mercer and his girlfriend Leisa Penney in December 2010. Mercer died two weeks after the incident, and Penney is still recovering from her injuries.

Mercer's father David commended Barron for his efforts.

"If this campaign can save just one life, it's definitely worth it," he said.

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Source: CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador


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