Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Stop the Carnage

For all of you who might be in or around Red Deer on Friday, please consider attending the rally being held at City Hall to lobby for stiffer sentences for Impaired Driving Causing Death.

Too many people - and recently, kids - have been taken from us due to impaired driving. I don't understand what is so hard about taking a cab or walking home - if neither of those are an option, then be responsible and don't drink. It's that simple.

If you make the choice to get behind the wheel impaired, then in my opinion you are also making the choice to potentially injure or kill someone - and a sentence should reflect that. There needs to be some accountability for the choices we make - and current sentences certainly do not reflect the seriousness of the crime.

As a parent, I can't even begin to imagine the heartbreak of losing a child because of an irresponsible decision someone else selfishly made. I can also not imagine being the parent of an individual that would make such a decision. Yes, people do make 'mistakes'; however this does not mean they should be immune to the consequences.

Together, we can support those families who have been so tremendously impacted by Impaired Driving Causing Death. We can take a stand and say 'enough is enough' with respect to lenient sentencing. We can make a difference - so let's get out there and do it! 

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