A Quebec judge named Maria Albanese apparently had seen enough of fines and license suspensions.
In January, she sentenced 39-year-man to four years in prison--after it was proven he was texting and driving as he drove down a dimly-lit road in March 2012 in Quebec’s Laurentians region, north of Montreal.
Noting that campaigns against texting and driving were not sinking in, Albanese says she wanted “to send a clear message to the public.”
News of her sentence was announced Wednesday.
The case made news because Martin Carrieres didn’t just hurt himself when he swerved into the oncoming traffic and collided with an car coming the other way.
The man in the other car was driving his son and his son’s friend home from hockey practice.
He died, the boys were injured.
A first responder took Carrieres’ cellphone and gave it to police.
Evidence showed Carrieres–in the midst of a disagreement with his wife–exchanged more than 30 text messages before the collision.
He was convicted in April 2018 of criminal negligence causing death and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
Albanese sentenced him Jan 14.
With files from CP, CBC, CTV, Global