Our politicians have failed us. All Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have to email, tweet, call, write, walk, march — anything to use their voices to get the law changed.
Think about this: if I wanted to kill someone and get the lightest sentence, I would get legally drunk, drive my car and do the job. I would probably get less than two years, immediate release after being charged for drunk driving causing death and I’ll probably get my licence back in a year.
Justice should be a charge of second-degree murder with a mandatory sentence of 10 years — not to be served concurrently — and no early release, plus no more driving for life. Find me one person who disagrees with this and I’ll find you a hundred that do agree. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has its version of new legislation well thought out.
Our shameful politicians have failed us over and over when it comes to getting drunks off the road. Let’s band together and force these changes. There is power in numbers and our elected officials know that, so let them know how you feel. If they choose not to make appropriate changes to the law, don’t re-elect them.
Are you going to try to change the system only after your loved one is dead? I was in a car “accident” in 1996. Although the driver wasn’t impaired, I have been in constant pain ever since. It has and continues to affect everyone I love.
That drunk out there now may be the drunk who takes your loved one away or puts you in my position.
Don’t just talk about it, do something about it. If your hands work, you have no excuse. Shame on you if you do nothing. That drunk driver may be in your path tonight.