Mar 10, 2013 - A MESSAGE FROM FAMILIES FOR JUSTICE


Thank you to all of our new visitors to Families for Justice. We hope to bring support to families who have to deal with the loss of a loved one because of an impaired driver.

Every Canadian deserves the right to get home to their family and friends at the end of each day and to not have to worry about being killed by an impaired driver. Every single person killed by an impaired driver was a death that was totally preventable and should have never happened if only the driver had made the choice to call a cab or have a designated driver. Instead they made the choice to put the public at risk and drive while being impaired. Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada.

That steering wheel just became a loaded weapon in someone hands. It will do far more damage than a knife or a gun but our legal system doesn't seem to take an impaired driving death seriously. A death of an innocent person is a death. It shouldn't matter if it was a knife, a gun or a car. They all become lethal weapons if put in the wrong hands and they all can cause a death. I can tell you for a fact that 2000 pounds of steel does far more damage than a gun or a knife.

Please help us take a stand and let the Government know that those people who choose to put the public at risk need to be held accountable for their actions. A 6 month jail sentence or a $2000.00 fine is not acceptable anymore.

We ask everyone to print a copy of the Petition to the Government of Canada.  Please ask your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and other family members to sign to let the government know that tougher sentencing is needed regarding impaired driving causing a death. We are asking for a 5 year minimum mandatory sentence if someone is convicted of impaired driving causing death. We are also asking the Government of Canada to amend the Criminal Code of Canada and redefine the charge of impaired driving causing death to vehicular manslaughter.

We hope that the federal government will not shy away from the pressure to bring about change, and instead will have the strength and the willingness to make the changes to protect all Canadians and restore faith in the justice system. We hope that innocent people will no longer be sacrificed because law makers are not brave enough, or do not have the morale courage to face and deal with the current problem of impaired driving causing a death.

Sincerely,

Markita


 

 

Last updated on: 2013-03-10 | Link to this post