Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak in support of the private member's bill initiated by my colleague from Prince George-Bulkley Valley on the subject of increasing the mandatory sentences of those convicted of drunk driving causing death.
Drunk driving claims hundreds of lives a year. It is responsible for more than half of the serious motor vehicle accidents that happen.
Canadians are furious when hearing about neighbours and loved ones who have been injured or killed by this irresponsible behaviour. It is time that the criminal justice system started coming down hard on these dangerous offenders, most of whom are repeat offenders who have not learned their lesson.
This bill asks for a seven year minimum sentence for those convicted of killing someone while drunk behind the wheel. This amendment will improve public safety and act as a stronger deterrent to irresponsible members of our society.
I call on all members of this House to join me in supporting the bill.