Defend the driver, defend the operator
Operators may want to defend individual drivers -- or even independent operators -- against charges that can affect safety ratings. After all, if the driver pleads guilty, or plea bargains for a reduced fine, the demerit points will still count against the operator.
IN PRINT: Tougher penalties for fatal collisions
MELFORT, SK -- The final chapter in a small-town Saskatchewan tragedy came without much fanfare. After entering a guilty plea to three counts of dangerous driving causing death and one count of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, Normand Lavoie, a 41-year-old truck driver from Winnipeg, was sentenced in a Melfort, Saskatchewan, court to three years for each of the three teenagers whose lives he brought to a sudden end 28 months earlier. The sentences will be served concurrently, followed by a five-year driving ban.