With the recent guilty plea of Karry Biette to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm, stemming from a fatal car accident in October of 2015, the problem of impaired driving is not going away.
Originally charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous operation causing death, dangerous operation causing harm, and criminal negligence, Biette pleaded guilty to the lesser charges on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Estevan Provincial Court.
He received a sentence of two years in prison at the penitentiary in Prince Albert, Sk. He was also given a three year driving prohibition but was given a credit for the time he didn't drive since the accident which leaves him with one year and 32 days left on the prohibition. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of $200 for both charges.
"It won't bring loved ones back, but it might give a little bit of closure," shared Police Chief Paul Ladouceur. "It's an unfortunate circumstance in that case and I feel for everybody. It's a stark reminder of just how devastating the effects of drinking and driving can be."
"As a police chief, I don't comment on sentencing. Our job is to bring accused person to justice and the court system take it from there. I trust the courts and the judge to make the right decision when it come to sentencing."
Ladouceur adds that people aren't getting the idea and he points to an incident this last weekend when a man was charged with impaired driving.
"We had a minor accident over the course of the weekend and as a result of that we had an impaired driver charged. This certainly becomes frustrating, we see it time and time again. We keep telling the public, and that's all we can do, is keep going out there and enforcing. The strong message we want to send is we're putting a lot of resources into impaired driving and I can tell you, if you choose to drive, and it is a choice, if you choose to drive after drinking in this city, you're going to get caught."
"Everyone knows the law by now. Driving is a privilege not a right. And the only right that should come with driving is the right for the people who want to drive the road safely and want to bring their kids home safely."
He adds that the community has supported the police in their efforts to get impaired drivers off the roads and they will continue to do so.
"The only think I ask is that the public continue to support us by calling us when they see a possible impaired driver so that we can go out and deal with it."