Is Driving a Right or a Privilege? Part Deux (for those in the courts, Part Duh)

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If it’s a right, then why are we paying so much money for our daughter to get licensed (between Drivers’ Education courses and the multiple tests for each level of licensing).  Why isn’t it automatic?  You turn 16 and low and behold your license arrives in the mail.

If it’s a privilege, then why are people with 17 Impaired Driving convictions  still licensed ? (that was actually a case in the same courthouse that refused to charge the driver that was involved in our crash with more than Over .08 )

I don’t have the answers to everything, I’m just putting the questions out there .

For those of you that have followed from the beginning, yes this is a re-post but after reading an article that was sent to me by Sheri Arsenault, I am feeling the need to say it again.  The article was about a Drunk Driver that killed two teenagers.  He did receive a prison sentence (almost unheard of in Ontario) but when the Crown (thank you for renewing my faith in Crown Attorneys, by the way) asked for a lifetime ban on driving – as per the laws that we Canadians asked for and expect to be followed – the judge (there goes my faith in the courts) felt that that was too much to ask for and only gave him a 10 year licence suspension.

When Grace and I were hit, the drunk driver received a 1 year licence suspension. It took me almost 1 year to be able to drive again – with a lot of hard work and  in car sessions with Young drivers.  Stay with me, this will make sense.

So here is how I think that licence suspensions should work.  The drunk driver’s licence suspension time frame should last as long as it takes their victims to be able to drive and then should begin.  So in cases like mine, he would have been able to drive 1 years after I started, so the suspension would have actually been 2 years.  In the case of the drunk driver in the case above his 10 year licence suspension should begin when his victims could drive again.  Oh wait,  they won’t be driving because he killed them.

So the next time that you hear about a drunk driver, recommend my suggestion to the judge.  Maybe, just maybe, we’ll get our point across.

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