Authorities in British Columbia have reported that a 37-year-old woman has been charged in connection with a 2014 drunk driving accident that claimed the life of a Vernon nurse. The woman is scheduled to appear in court on March 19 to face counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and impaired driving causing death. The accident took place in Vernon on Oct. 23, 2014, around 1:15 a.m.
A large percentage of residents of British Columbia and across the nation consider drunk driving to be a major concern, according to an annual study by The Road Safety Monitor. Although the number of people who died in alcohol-related car accidents was steadily declining since 2006, the number arose to 744 fatalities in 2010. These fatalities represent about a third of all traffic accidents in Canada, which is a slight decrease from several years prior to 2010.
With the widespread use of cell phones, distracted driving has become an increasingly problematic issue. Because of the risks associated with cell phone use while driving, the practice was made illegal in 2010. Still, the problem continues.