DMV.us.org thinks that traffic laws need to be taken seriously. They keep all of us safe on the road. On the other hand, DMV.us.org also believes that the punishment should fit the crime, and extenuating circumstances should be taken into account during sentencing. This is why while we think the now-infamous “duck driver” was irresponsible, not a criminal, and should not be facing life in prison in Canada.
Here’s what happened: 25-year-old Emma Czornobaj was behind the wheel when she saw a family of ducks on the side of the road. She was worried that they were going to get run over by other vehicles, so she pulled her car over into the left-hand shoulder and got out in order to help the ducks cross the road.
A motorcyclist then came around the bend with his child on the back of his bike. He didn’t notice the car was stopped, and ran straight into the car. Both him and his 16-year-old daughter died from injuries sustained in the crash.
Czornobaj was then hit with criminal charges and convicted by a jury. She is now awaiting sentencing and under Canadian law, she could easily be sentenced to life in prison.
We think this is too much. She is not a stone-cold killer. She is simply someone who made a mistake while trying to help some defenseless animals. Yes, parking on the left side of a highway is dangerous; however, it should not be something that destroys your life forever. After going through the criminal justice system, she has certainly learned her lesson and we believe she should be given a suspended sentence.
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