Many Sooke residents spend 10-hours a week on the roads commuting to-and-from work. This means, in turn, that many feel strongly about road safety.
The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay of the Federal Government has just announced plans to update the Criminal Code to include offences that result from impaired driving.
“The reforms would crack down on those who drive while impaired and would modernize the Criminal Code provisions related to transportation offences. The proposed changes reflect the Government’s commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to ensure that Canada is a country where those who break the law are punished for their actions and where prison time matches the severity of crimes committed.”[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The Bill would modify penalties for all transportation related offences, including increasing the penalties for repeat offenders, such as:
- offences without bodily harm or death – double the maximum penalties, going from five years to 10 years imprisonment and on summary conviction from 18 months imprisonment to two years less a day;
- offences causing bodily harm – make the maximum penalties 14 years imprisonment and increasing mandatory minimum penalties for indictable offences from a $1,000 fine for to 30 days imprisonment on summary conviction and 120 days on indictment; and
- impaired driving and refusal offences causing death – increase mandatory minimum penalties from a $1,000 fine to 6 years in prison.
What do you think?