Sep 30, 2015 - MOM WHO LOST 3 KIDS, DAD IN CRASH SIGNS DRUNK DRIVING PETITION [Neville-Lake Family]

The mother of three whose children and father died in a crash allegedly caused by a drunk driver has signed an online petition calling for tougher penalties for offenders.

Jennifer Neville-Lake, whose children Daniel, 9, Harry, 5, and Milly, 2, and father Gary Neville, 65, died Sunday, signed the petition Wednesday morning.

“4 reasons. Daddy, Harrybug, Milly-boo and DW,” Neville-Lake wrote on her Facebook page after signing and sharing the petition, which calls for jail time for a first offence.

The petition was created following the deadly crash at Kirby Rd. and Kipling Ave. in Vaughan and had over 16,700 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

“Every time you drive drunk, it’s like playing with a loaded gun,” the petition’s creator, Jacky Duncan, wrote. “Eventually you will kill someone. Probably someone innocent.”

Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada CEO Andy Murie said he’s seen the online petition and agrees stiffer penalties are in order.

“Why do we have to wait, every time, for this carnage to happen before the light comes on?”

Murie said MADD Canada wants the federal government to lower the legal blood-alcohol level to .05% and permit police to administer mandatory breath screenings during random roadside stops.

“Let’s do the things that we know work,” he said. “We can prove in other countries they work. They’re things that government, up to this point, has rejected.”

Random breath tests have proven very effective in countries such as Australia, he said.

“Wherever (police) are they just pull people over, five seconds, you blow quickly. If they don’t pick up any alcohol, you move along. They do about eight drivers per minute. People see it and it sends the fear of God into them. And that’s what we want to do.”

MADD Canada would like the Ontario government to impound vehicles for three days after a driver fails a roadside test. That would prevent drunk drivers from getting back behind the wheel, he said.

“We know ... 90% of people continued to drive their vehicle unlicensed and uninsured,” Murie said.

Meanwhile, a crowdfunding campaign for the Lake family has raised more than $201,000. The GoFundMe page originally set out to raise $5,000.

Source: Toronto Sun


 

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