On average between 1,200 to 1,500 people each year are killed by impaired drivers;
Tens of thousands of people each year are injured by impaired drivers;
Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death;
Impaired driving is a serious criminal behaviour that has resulted in carnage on Canada's roads;
Impaired driving sentences are far too lenient;
Denunciation, deterrence, and the promotion of responsibility are sentencing principles under the Criminal Code;
Lenient sentences routinely given to impaired drivers is fundamentally unjust to the many victims of impaired driving and does not fit the seriousness of the offence;
Bill C-46 does not include meaningful minimum penalties for impaired driving offences;
Minimum penalties are consistent with sentencing principles under the Criminal Code;
Minimum penalties will help ensure that impaired drivers are held accountable for the seriousness of the crime of driving while impaired; and
Bill C-46 does not strengthen penalties for the most serious impaired driving offence; impaired driving causing death.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Justice to introduce minimum penalties for impaired driving offences, and sentences proportionate to the gravity of the offence for impaired driving causing death.
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