Motor vehicle charges need to be brought to the person who ran over the Dartmouth Geese
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As reported on Haligonia.ca:
"At approximately 5:50 pm (on August 9), a male was driving westbound (inbound) on Prince Albert Rd in Dartmouth. The male was driving by Sullivan’s Pond, as the geese were crossing over from the area of Elliott St. The male did not see the geese and struck three of them. One goose died at the scene. Another goose was taken to a vet and died. The third goose continued and swam to the island and is being monitored by volunteers. Witnesses confirm that speed was not a factor in this incident.
No charges have been laid."
If you have grown up in the Dartmouth neighbourhood, you've at least once been greeted by the gaggle of Sullivan's Pond geese. In the very least, you've waited in traffic on Prince Albert while you watched in amazement as the geese crossed at the cross walk.
Many of us from the neighbourhood are feeling gutted that there are no charges being brought forward. Many of us are wondering how this isn't an example of either distracted driving or intentional animal cruelty? Perhaps maybe MVA 100(2)?
I feel that the Halifax Police Department have made a rash choice in not laying charges and that political influence and community protest is needed to see justice done.
- Mayor, Halifax
- Halifax Police Department
We are asking that motor vehicle charges need to be brought to the person who ran over the Dartmouth Geese. An investigation should be done to rule out that distracted driving was not the cause of this senseless act. We feel that the accident could have been far worse due to public use of this area and the circumstances surrounding the collision, but that because it wasn't actually people struck that it is getting disregarded as relevant.
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