Tragic victim of impaired driving calls on motorists to stop getting behind the wheel drunk

Published: April 30, 2019

Updated: May 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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A mother who lost her three children and father to a drunk driver in 2015 has voiced her outrage after Ontario motorists continue to engage in impaired driving at alarming levels. Her anger comes after 24 drivers in the province were charged with impaired driving offences over the last week.

Jennifer Neville-Lake took to Twitter to express her anger after York Regional Police showed aerial video of a driver stumbling out of his car and being arrested. The motorist was found to be over two-and-a-half times over the legal limit and had been involved in a two-vehicle crash.

Neville-Lake decided to speak up.

“Stop it! Just stop it! I don’t even know what to say anymore,” Neville-Lake tweeted Monday.

“I spent this past weekend honouring my dead kids and dad instead of enjoying life as their mom with them… all because of impaired drivers. Drunk driving kills. I can’t even!”

Her story is among the saddest examples of the devastating impaired driving can cause. Her children Daniel, 9, Harrison, 5, and Milagros, 2 were killed alongside their grandfather Gary Neville (65) when they were hit by drunk driver Marco Muzzo in a 2015 collision in Toronto.

“Twenty-four drivers charged this past week for impaired driving on York Region roads including this driver who wasn’t able to keep his vehicle on the road,” York Regional Police tweeted.

“Watch as he stumbles out of his vehicle then blows more than 2.5x the legal amount of alcohol.”

Impaired driving has taken a back seat to distracted driving in recent years, but it remains a massive problem and a killer on the roads. The federal government seems to understand the gravity of the situation and this week announced a $17 million project to tackle drug impairment in Ontario.