Before sentencing Sarah Standen to 4 1/2 years in prison, Superior Court Justice John Sproat remarked Wednesday that if everyone in Ontario heard the victim impact statements he’d just heard, there would be far less impaired driving.Standen admitted to police she had a “buzz going” when she failed to stop at a stop sign and broadsided a sport utility vehicle, killing Al Joyce, 53, of Georgian Bluffs, at the intersection of Zion Church Road and Grey Road 17 about 1:05 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2017.She pleaded guilty in April to impaired driving causing the death of Al Joyce and impaired driving causing bodily harm to James Hubick, whose pickup truck Standen was driving.Sentencing was put over until Wednesday to allow time for a presentence report about Standen to be prepared and for victim impact statements to be ready.There were more than 10 personal statements entered as exhibits, all of which were read aloud, some by those who wrote them and the rest by Grey County Crown attorney Peter Leger.They were pure, clear expressions of raw grief, laments for what was lost and what could have been, outrage at drinking and driving, angry cries of disbelief and moving accounts of the toll Joyce’s death has taken.The plumbing business owner, born and raised in Shallow Lake, was celebrated as a family man who was quick to draw smiles. He was a friend to hundreds and was a community-minded citizen.More than 50 people gravitated to the side of the courtroom where family and friends of Joyce were seated. Many wore red Mothers Against Drunk Driving lapel ribbons. That organization has supported of the Joyces.Standen, who was 32 and of Wiarton at the time of the crash, sat flush-faced beside her lawyer while her parents and a small number of supporters sat behind her, on the far side opposite the Joyce group.Sproat remarked on the “huge outpouring of support that is very impressive and in fact unprecedented in my experience.” He said how much less impaired driving there would be if everyone in Ontario listened to those impact statements.He accepted the joint sentencing recommendations of Crown and defence, including a 10-year driving prohibition and DNA order, arrived at after a number of judicial pretrials.This was Standen’s second drinking and driving conviction and she was suspended from driving for unpaid fines. Defence lawyer Jill Gamble agreed with the Crown that denunciation and deterrence were primary sentencing principles but rehabilitation was also important.She said Standen’s pre-existing mental health issues “spiked” after this and she’s seeing a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. She wrote a “letter of remorse” to the court and the Joyce family, which wasn’t read aloud. Her plea avoided an upsetting trial, mitigating the damage she did as much as is possible, Gamble said.Joyce died at the scene of the collision after an evening out with his wife, daughter and friends. Hubick suffered a head injury requiring four staples to close a laceration. Standen’s left ankle was fractured.Lois Joyce said after sentencing there was little any sentence could do to right this wrong.Part of her impact statement described the night her husband died. They went out to celebrate her birthday with their daughter, Kelli, and some friends at the Wiarton Legion on karaoke night.They both worked hard and so didn’t have many evenings out, she said. Knowing this, Kelli wanted to be their designated driver so her parents could enjoy themselves.“Al had such a good time that night because he knew so many people at the Legion and we had a great time listening to some of them singing,” Lois Joyce said. “If only I agreed to leave 10 minutes earlier that night when he wanted to. But I held him off as we were having a great time.”When they left she jumped into the front passenger seat, “as Al was too busy laughing and chatting to people so he did not get to call shotgun.” He sat in the back, behind Kelli, who was driving.There was a light mist and it was cold. Al asked Kelli what the temperature was and when told it was zero, he said “Just take it slow honey, I don’t think it will be freezing, but there is no hurry.”“As we headed down Grey Road 17 heading home, Kelli said `I hear something loud.’ We commented we couldn’t hear anything. And then all of a sudden I see light and they aren’t and that was the end of it.“I turned my head as I heard Al yell . . . and that was the last time I heard his voice.”Their SUV landed on its roof. Lois was the only one not to lose consciousness. She freed herself and her daughter, when she came to, who ran screaming for help. Her husband was bleeding and didn’t answer her.Lois Joyce told Justice Sproat she held her husband’s hand, told him to hold on, that help would be on the way, and she promised him everything would be OK.