Feb 06, 2015 - LANGLEY MP WANTS MANDATORY SENTENCES FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING DEATHS

Markita Kaulius holds photos of her daughter Kassandra as she speaks to reporters outside Surrey Provincial Court after Natasha Warren, the drunk driver who killed Kaulius, pled guilty to three charges: dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death and failure to stop at an accident. A Conservative MP in Langley wants impaired drivers convicted of causing death to be charged with ‘vehicular homicide’ and be given a mandatory sentence. MP Mark Warawa has tabled a private member’s bill, called Kassandra’s Law, in Parliament in hopes of making the law more stringent and curbing drunk driving on Canadian streets. 


A Conservative MP in Langley wants impaired drivers convicted of causing death to be charged with "vehicular homicide" and be given a mandatory sentence.

MP Mark Warawa has tabled a private member's bill, called Kassandra's Law, in Parliament in hopes of making the law more stringent and curbing drunk driving on Canadian streets. The proposed amendment suggests any driver who causes the death of another person because they were impaired is guilty of vehicular homicide and is liable to imprisonment for life.

The bill was triggered by the death of Surrey's Kassandra Kaulius, 22, who was killed after her BMW was struck by a van driven by Natasha Warren on May 3, 2011. Warren, who had been driving with a blood-alcohol content over the legal limit, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and prohibited from driving for eight years. However, although Warren was denied early parole for failing to take adequate responsibility for her actions, she received statutory release in January at the two-thirds mark of her sentence.

Warawa said he has received thousands of petitions — signed by nearly 90,000 Canadians — in favour of changing the Criminal Code to recognize the seriousness of the crime.

He maintains 1,200 to 1,600 people per year are killed by a drunk driver in Canada.

"It should be socially unacceptable but . . . people are still driving drunk and there's no excuse for it," Warawa said. "If we thought up (stronger) sentences and call it what it is, we're hoping people will stop deciding to drive while impaired."

The bill is not likely to be debated until the next session of Parliament.

Source: Vancouver Sun


 

 

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