Fatal Nova Scotia Crash Nets Drunk Driver $700 Fine

by John McKiggan

A judge has fined a Nova Scotia man $700 for driving drunk last spring in an incident that killed his best friend. Jonathan Savoy initially faced four charges, which included impaired driving causing the death of his friend, David MacDonald.

The more serious charge was dropped in a plea bargain deal that involved Savoy pleading guilty to impaired driving, taking a car without permission and driving while suspended.

Susan MacAskill of Mothers Against Drunk Driving said she was appalled with the judge’s decision.

“Somebody’s dead and nobody seems to be held responsible…”

In 2004, it was estimated that 3,013 individuals were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada. MADD Canada estimates that at a minimum 1,157 of these fatalities involved impaired driving. Further, MADD Canada estimates that approximately 68,245 individuals were injured in impaired driving crashes (187 per day).

A $700.00 fine for a drunk driving crash that killed someone. Appalling doesn’t begin to describe the situation. It appears I am not the only one that shares that opinion.

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3 Responses to “Fatal Nova Scotia Crash Nets Drunk Driver $700 Fine”

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, joe campbell said:

in what will likely be appealed, here are the grounds for which i would due so

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, joe campbell said:

2. the judge seems to think since most people speed its ok that he was speeding aswell. since reasonable people speed his speeding is reasonable, therefore his murder is ok. nice judge nice. granted more should have been covered by the “expert” in the matter of vehicle speed but numerous witnesses did report high speed. 5km/hr slower and the boy would be alive.

December 31, 1969 at 6:00 pm, joe campbell said:

5. there is no curve or bend in the road, reference to this is very misleading and simply not true. 46d15m north, 60d 15m west. elevation is flat.

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