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Mother of a drunk driving victim worried about buying booze in BC grocery stores

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Some of you might like the new laws letting you buy liquor at grocery stores but not everyone is pleased with the changes.

Markita Kaulius, the mother of Kassandra Kaulius who was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 22 in 2011, feels the changes will lead to more problems.

Kaulius is worried about a potential increase in fatal crashes.

“I just have a fear that we are going to have many more problems. I mean, I look at the stats from the superintendent’s office of motor vehicles that in the last four years they’ve given out over 127 thousand immediate roadside prohibitions and 24 hour suspensions just in BC here to people that were deemed to be driving impaired. Now that we have this accessibility to the general public, it’s so easy. I think the impaired driving stats will go up.”

She doesn’t want others to go through what her family went through.

“There are no words to describe what a family goes through when they lose a child or loved one to a drunk driving, we’re coming up to the fourth anniversary of the loss of our daughter and we still struggle every single day.”

Kaulius also feels the province didn’t do enough to consult with people before the changes were made.