MADD Canada

MADD Canada

November 30, 2007 12:02 ET

No more conditional sentences for violent impaired driving crimes

MADD Canada heralds new reality where an impaired driver who kills or seriously injures will serve jail time

Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) welcomes the new federal law - enacted today - that will eliminate conditional sentences, such as house arrest, for persons convicted of the violent crimes of impaired driving causing death and impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The new law amends the Criminal Code to provide that a person convicted of a serious personal injury offence, a terrorism offence or a criminal organization offence prosecuted by way of indictment for which the maximum term of imprisonment is ten years or more is not eligible for a conditional sentence.

Margaret Miller, MADD Canada's National President, heralds the new reality. She says, "Conditional sentences relating to violent crimes have always been an outrageous travesty of justice for the victims and their families and friends. We believe a person who has killed or seriously injured must be held accountable for his or her actions and should not be given the opportunity to avoid the jail-time."

"Canadians have been telling their politicians since the new conditional sentencing laws first took effect in 1996 that a conditional sentence for a person convicted of killing or seriously injuring another is not reflecting our society's values of life. In allowing conditional sentences for violent impaired driving crimes, our system failed Canadians by devaluing the loss of a human life or a human's quality of life," says Mrs. Miller.

Andrew Murie, MADD Canada's CEO says, "In Canada's Criminal Code, one of the stated objectives of our law is the denunciation of unlawful conduct. MADD Canada believes that serving time in jail is the appropriate denunciation of a violent criminal act where someone has been killed or seriously injured."

Mr. Murie adds, "Sentences need to reflect the severity of the crime. For a crime involving a death or serious injury, seeing someone go to jail maintains our sense of safety and of justice in our country."

For more than four years, MADD Canada has been demanding the Federal Parliament eliminate the availability of conditional sentences for those convicted of impaired driving causing death or impaired driving causing bodily harm. In 2004, the organization delivered
more than 33,000 Canadian petitioners names to Parliament Hill. To review the history of the organization's action on this issue, visit:
/For further information:
Andrew Murie, MADD Canada's CEO @ 1-800-665-6233, ext. 224/ IN: JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Margaret Miller, National President
    Primary Phone: 902-758-5328