May 09, 2015 - GROUP RALLIES OUTSIDE OF CALGARY COURT CENTRE TO CHANGE IMPAIRED DRIVING PENALTIES

Protestors held colourful posters outside the Calgary Court Centre on Saturday, in hopes of getting the attention of drivers to stop impaired driving.

Kayla Thomas organized the rally, and said six months of jail time is not a long enough sentence for those convicted of drinking and driving.

“We’re looking for longer jail time for these impaired drivers because six months in jail is not enough for them to learn,” Thomas said. “A lot of these impaired drivers have drank and drove at least ten times before they actually got caught, so six months in jail isn’t going to affect them.”

Thomas added, “enough is enough”, and people should not be scared to take a taxi.

“There are just too many innocent victims dying from impaired drivers,” she said. “Obviously the crash a week ago had a huge impact on us. When you’re not even safe in a taxi anymore, something needs to change. Everyone deserves to get home safe. Everybody.”

Thomas was referring to the fatal crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver on May 2nd, which took the life of a 46-year-old taxi driver and his 25-year-old female passenger.

Some of the posters made by the group said, “I’m living a life sentence without my brother,” “Stop impaired driving,” and “I don’t want to die next.”

Thomas said she plans to hold a rally once a month until the government listens to their pleas.

Source: 660 News


 

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