While two men await their fate after a deadly crash in east Regina that police say involved alcohol, MADD Canada is weighing in on the frequency of and consequences for impaired driving.

MADD Canada's CEO Andrew Murie is reacting to the collision at the intersection of Park Street and Arcola Avenue Wednesday afternoon where 68-year-old John Boxall died, calling the incident “awful” and “gut-wrenching”.

Police charged two men, 19-year-old Quinton Seamus Mantee and 21-year-old Jordan Thomas Lee McNabb, after a truck was stolen and ran into Boxall.

They were in court Thursday morning for the first time. McNabb is charged with criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, theft and breach of probation. Mantee is facing breach of probation and possession of stolen property charges as well.

Murie said deadly collisions involving alcohol happen four times a day across Canada. He said sentences for such cases usually fall within a certain range.

“On the very, very low end is three years. On the upper end you’ll see six or seven years,” he said.

He added this case is a little bit different though because it involves a vehicle believed to be stolen along with breach of probation charges. Those charges combined with an impaired driving charge could impact any sentence possibly handed down.

“It should be in the six to eight year range because of the stolen vehicle and that behavior. This should be higher than the norm.”

The maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death is life in prison.

“We’ve only had one maximum sentence ever imposed in Canada,” said Murie.

He said that was a man who had a “horrendous” driving record who killed a woman in a wheelchair on a sidewalk and then left her at the scene to die.

Murie may not believe the maximum sentence should be handed out often, but he does think penalties should be stiffer when it comes to these types of crimes.

Source: News Talk 650 Saskatchewan


Last updated on: 2013-02-23 | Link to this post