Top News

Sobering thought


“RCMP in Carmanville have laid charges against a 28-year-old female resident of Gander following an investigation into a single vehicle roll-over collision.

The collision took place on Oct. 2, 2015, at about 10 p.m. near the community of Carmanville on Route 330. The female will be appearing in Gander provincial court in February to answer to charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while (concentration of alcohol exceeds 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).”

The preceding press release issued on Dec. 8 is an example of one the Pilot receives on an almost daily basis from RCMP across the province. The sad thing is that as the holidays approach, it seems that such press releases will be issued on a more frequent basis.

Is the message that drinking and driving kills sinking in at all? Drinking and driving changes lives, and not for the better. It impacts the lives of innocent victims, their family and friends, communities and the drivers themselves.

Taking a look down through the provincial criminal court docket for Gander for the upcoming month (on Dec. 8), the very first matter on that document was related to an individual charged with operation of vehicle while impaired and failure or refusal to comply with demand for testing, samples, etc.

Between Dec. 8 and Jan. 5, a total of 19 people are on the docket to face impaired driving charges. This is just from the Gander courthouse and it doesn’t include those who will be charged between now and then.

These charges are stemming from people who are suspected to have gotten behind the wheel after drinking. They are being caught not just in Gander, but also in communities throughout the region, including the Pilot coverage area. This is happening in your own backyard.

Not only is it the responsibility of drivers to not drink and drive, it is up to each of us to report suspected impaired drivers and to make sure if we host parties our guests find a safe way home.

Doing so will go a long way towards making for a Merry Christmas and Happy and healthy New Year for everyone.

Recent Stories