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Editorial — Brent Parent has had 69 chances
Brent Parent is appealing his 12-year driving ban, given to him as part of his five and one-half year sentence for deliberately killing Silas O’Brien with his truck. The 2008 incident on 16 Avenue, which occurred late at night as O’Brien and two friends were on their way to the Vancouver Airport to begin a vacation, was one of the worst cases of road rage ever seen in Langley.
When the B.C. Court of Appeal deals with his case, if it ever actually gets to court, perhaps the panel of judges should consider imposing a lifetime driving ban instead.
This man does not deserve a driver’s licence. He has 64 driving infractions and five driving suspensions, which he has accumulated in his years on the road. When he was sentenced in May, 2012, Judge Terence Schultes suggested that he take advantage of anger management courses which would be available to him in a federal prison. Clearly, the judge saw that there was a problem there that needed fixing.
The basis of his appeal is that he will need to drive when he is released from jail, in order to work.
It’s too bad he hadn’t thought of those consequences the other 69 times he’s run afoul of the law.
There are many people who find it difficult to work because they can’t get drivers’ licences. In some cases, it is due to suspensions. In other cases, they are physically incapable of driving. Yet somehow, they manage to make the best of their situations.
Parent has been given many, many chances to improve his driving habits. It is obvious from his actions, when he struck and killed O’Brien, and afterwards, when he didn’t come forward despite an outpouring of emotion, that he has no concern for other people. He thinks only of himself.
He has been given far more than a second chance in the past. He has been given no fewer than 69 chances.
With such an appalling driving record, he doesn’t deserve to have a driver’s licence ever again. The Court of Appeal should take it away for good.