About one-hundred people braved the rain in Red Deer to protest light sentences handed down to impaired drivers.

Friday’s ‘Stop the Carnage’ rally on the steps of city hall was organized by Darren Keeler. His 19-year-old son Colton died earlier this year after being hit by an alleged drunk driver while trying to push a car off the road. His friend Tyson Vanderzwaag was also killed.

“We’d definitely like to see some minimums instilled, definitely no less than five years,” said Keeler. “Anytime that there’s criminal negligence involved in the loss of life, the sentence really does have to reflect that.”

Sandra Green, whose daughter was killed in a crash killed by a drunk driver in 2010 has requested a private meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the issue—but was turned down. 

 “I was hoping for a little more concern and compassion,” she lamented. “I mean, nobody is safe on the streets, it can happen at any given time.”    

 A petition calling for stiffer sentences is being circulated.

Source: Global News Calgary


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