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e-723 (Impaired driving)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Jordan Burden from Fredericton, New Brunswick, on January 10, 2017, at 4:10 p.m. (EDT)
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8545-421-7-20 Government Response to petitions concerning impaired driving
Impaired driving
Mandatory sentencing
Vehicular homicide
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Current sentencing guidelines established under section 255 of the Criminal Code of Canada do not appear to be a deterrent for repeat offenders of impaired driving;
  • Judges have stated in court their hands are tied by sentencing guidelines;
  • The number of victims injured or killed in an accident caused by or involving an impaired driver have no affect on the sentence;
  • Suspending driving privileges appears not to be a deterrent for repeat offenders; and
  • There are established minimum sentences for impaired driving offences under section 255(1) but no established minimum sentence for impaired driving offences under sections 255(2) and 255(3).
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Increase punishments under section 255(1)(a)(i) to $2,000, (ii) $5,000 plus 120 days imprisonment, (iii) $10,000 plus 1 year imprisonment and lifetime ban on driving;
2. Establish minimum sentences of 5 years for an offence under section 255(2) and 10 years under section 255(3), for each victim, to be served consecutively;
3. Allow the impound of a vehicle being driven by an individual charged and subsequent seizure of said vehicle upon conviction regardless of ownership;
4. Require the use of an ignition interlock for any person convicted under section 255 for a minimum period of 2 years after imprisonment;
5. Any person who knowingly and willingly allows another person to operate their own vehicle while impaired be charged under section 255(1);
6. Abolish suspended sentences or house arrest for anyone convicted under section 255; and
7. Victim surcharges should apply.
Fredericton
Liberal
New Brunswick
Petition presented to the House of Commons on June 19, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01549)
Government response tabled on September 18, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-20)
Open for signature : January 10, 2017, at 4:10 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : May 10, 2017, at 4:10 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
44
British Columbia
24
Manitoba
4
New Brunswick
393
Newfoundland and Labrador
14
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
14
Ontario
73
Prince Edward Island
6
Quebec
29
Saskatchewan
50
Other Countries
4
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