“As a mom, she knew something was wrong,” Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick

Impaired driving is the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. RCMP officers are often the first on the scene at motor vehicle crashes and see how tragic the decision to drink and driving really is. They also see the hurt families experience when they’ve learned that a loved one has died.

RCMP officers from Atlantic Canada recall the crashes that have had an impact on them and also on the people and communities involved. These stories are personal accounts of what happened. The memories of these fatal crashes stay with the police officers, it’s the reality of what happens when a person drinks and drives.

Driving drunk is a choice. These officers hope that by sharing their stories a life or lives can be saved.

Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick
Sgt. André Pepin holding a whiteboard: “As a mom, she knew something was wrong.”
“As a mom, she knew something was wrong”


Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick

As a qualified breathalyzer technician for 23 years, I have had many encounters with individuals who were impaired. It’s common to hear them tell me, “I’ve only had a couple of drinks officer,” as I prepare to take a breath sample in order to determine their level of impairment. The breath test often indicated they should not have been driving; that they should have made a better choice or someone they knew didn’t stop them from getting behind the wheel.

I’ll never forget the night that I wished I had heard those words from one young man. It would have meant I stopped him from driving and that he was no longer behind the wheel of his car. Why? Because I ended up meeting him by way of a 9-1-1 call. I was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on a rural two lane secondary road. It was a warm summer’s night and the road conditions were dry. The call came in the middle of the night; he was probably the only car on the road. This man, in his 20s, was driving home from his birthday party. He lost control of his car, it went off the road and it crashed into a culvert and died.

I wish I knew what he was thinking and why he wanted to drive. I hope he wasn’t thinking “I’ve only had a couple of drinks.” This individual lived at home with his parents; it was my job to give them the bad news. I’ll never forget the look on the mother’s face or when she asked “What happened?” as we stood at the front door of their home. As a mom, she knew something was wrong. She knew he was out celebrating his birthday and when she woke up that morning he wasn’t home. Instead, I arrived at the door.

(the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Government of Canada.)

© Samina Iqbal. 2015

About saminaiqbal27

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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5 Responses to “As a mom, she knew something was wrong,” Sgt. André Pepin – New Brunswick

  1. Great post Sam but can you add the link to your site on each new post as l use an app on iPad and it only works to reblog with link now WordPress have updated it. Regards Ian

    Just this only https://saminaiqbal27.wordpress.com/


  2. Hi Samina! Of all my blogging followers, you deserve this award more than anyone! I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Award and would love to pass it on to you tomorrow when I post my blog. You are definitely a “sister to the world” with all your helpful and positive articles. Your encouragement to others is especially beneficial and enlightens those who read them.

    My post tomorrow will contain all the rules and this is a fun one! With all you encounter daily, you deserve a little fun. I hope you’ll decide to accept. 🙂 Blessings back,

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  3. Hi my lovely friend. Thank you so much for considering me for such an honor. Your kind words always cheer me up and remind me of my obligations. I would gladly accept your nomination for the award. Thanks for the honor, it means so much to me specially coming from you my dear friend. Take care and God bless.


  4. fantastic post Samina.


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