One of the worst parts of a drunk driving conviction, at least in a case where the drunk driver didn’t injure or kill someone, is the fine or financial penalty. A bill for thousands of dollars can be a bitter pill to swallow.
For a drunk driver in Saskatoon, it’s not just the fines that are going to cost him. Because Jeremy Robinson’s drunk driving conviction involved property damage too, he’s on the hook for a significant chunk of cash.
It all happened one night at approximately 2:45 am. Robinson was speeding down a road when he failed to turn and ended up launching over an embankment and smashing into the wall of an elementary school. Although he landed upside down in his vehicle and his car was destroyed, he managed to live through the crash. Robinson has said he remembers nothing between the time he was drinking at a bar with friends until he woke up in the hospital, lucky to be alive.
That might be because he had a blood alcohol concentration of .215, over double the legal limit. He pleaded guilty to the charge of driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08.
The charge comes with a $1,250 fine, and he’ll also have to pay towing, impound fees, car repair deductible, and ignition interlock fees for one year when he receives his driver’s license back again.
But wait, there’s more: Robinson received an even bigger hit to the bank account because he was ordered to pay over $100,000 in restitution to fix the elementary school he hit. That’s the cost of a small house in some parts of the province, so it’s a steep price to pay for a night out drinking with friends.
It adds up to money that will take years to pay back. When you consider that amount could result in you being well on your way to paying off a mortgage, it really doesn’t make sense to drink and drive, does it?