July 16, 2013
No problem with speeding in these days.
Speeding at extreme speeds, more than 30 km/h over the limit, has become a serious problem in the Province of Alberta. These individuals not only put their own lives at risk, but those of others. A couple of examples will serve to illustrate this stupidity.
In the first example police stopped a black Mercedes SUV (sport utility vehicle) for speeding. Nothing unusual about that you say. Well in this case they ticketed the individual for driving more than 50 km/h (30 mph) over the posted speed limit. They clocked the SUV at 152 km/h (94 mph) in a 100 km/h (60 mph) zone.
The road in question is paved, but runs through a farming area with lots of intersections. At the time of the infraction police cited poor weather conditions, heavy fog and light rain with snow on the road.
Taking all this into account it seems to me this driver was being extremely foolish. Being foolish with their own life would be bad enough, but in this case even more so. Riding in the vehicle at the time was a father, his wife, with three children of theirs, and another child. The children were between the ages of four and 11. The driver was the father.
Next we have a man ticketed for driving his car at 180 km/h (112 mph) in a 100 km/h (60 mph) zone. Again it was on a paved secondary highway, but with lots of intersections and hills. In this case no one else was in the vehicle except the male driver. His excuse? He had just washed his car and was drying it off. Needless to say police weren’t sympathic. For this he received a $800 fine and a 45-day driving suspension.
What will it take to pound some sense into the brains of these drivers? Right now the penalty for driving more than 50 km/h (30 mph) over the posted limit is a heavy fine, driving suspension and demerit points. The ticketed drivers also must appear in court before a judge. They are not allowed to plead and mail the fine in as with an ordinary speeding ticket. Hopefully, it won’t take a horrific accident with multiple innocent lives loss before action is taken.
December 12, 2007
You’ll have to forgive me if I am a little angry today. This post concerns the sickness of our Canadian justice system especially related to its handling of drunk drivers. To the left is one of the typical scumbag killer drivers – Colin Jones, the man with no remorse. Free as a bird while his young victim lies in the cold ground. (photo: CBC, Alberta)
There’s lots of talk in the media about how to stop drunk drivers. The talk is of more police checkstops and installing devices on the cars of repeat offenders that would prevent them from starting the vehicle until they blow a breathlizer device with the appropriate blood alcohol level. These don’t work. The police already stop the drivers, but when they get to court the justice system slaps them on the wrist and lets them go.
Case in point. Colin Jones is a killer-driver, who less than seven months after he was sentenced for the hit-and-run death of a 20 year old woman in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been paroled. He struck and killed Lindsay Giacomelli in a crosswalk on March 17, 2005. He then left the scene of the accident. He drove home ordered a pizza and watched a pay-per-view movie. All of this designed I am sure to give him an alibi. Later he took his vehicle to another town and intentionally drove it into a light post to cover the damage. He reported this accident, again in a premeditated attempt to cover-up his actions. He was finally arrested in another city on a plane bound for London, England attempting to leave the country.
In court he denied everything and said he had no memory of the accident because of pills he was taking. What a pile of bullshit! The judge imposed the harshest punishment ever given a motorist for leaving the scene of an accident. That sentence was 30 months in jail. Although he was clearly drunk this was never proven in court because he left the scene.
Now seven months later this scumbag is released on parole, not only that he will have full parole on March 15, 2008. Meanwhile Lindsay and her family will never have parole from this tragedy. Colin Jones on the other hand has shown no remorse and paid no true penalty. He will get to go on with his life. If there is justice somewhere along the way Mr. Jones himself will be taken from us.
Want to stop drunk drivers from killing your children and your spouse? Throw them in jail for a very long time. There is no difference between killing someone with your vehicle while impaired then shooting or stabbing them. No more excuses. Catch them, prosecute them, and jail them. We are all tired of these crimes being treated as minor transgressions.