Driver receives maximum sentence of 14 years per person that has been killed.(5 Posts)
On Thursday 13th February 2014, friends Kris Jarvis and John Morland had been out cycling and where returning home via Purley and were struck by a speeding car, both men were killed.
Kris and his fiancée, Tracey, have 5 children and John and his fiancée, Hayley, have 2 children.
The driver of the car pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, driving while uninsured and disqualified and aggravated vehicle taking, the driver of the speeding car received 10 years and three months sentence.
Alexander Walter was 2 ½ times over the legal drink limit and had taken drugs 24 hours before and had 67 previous convictions.
Dangerous driving can have devastating consequences. Tracey and Hayley would like to see the Government change the law, so if a driver receives a sentence for causing death by dangerous driving, the driver receives the maximum sentence, of 14 years, per person that has been killed.
I'm not sure to be honest. I think each case has to be looked at on an individual basis.
I know someone who got a conviction for causing death by dangerous driving. He made a daft overtaking manoeuvre in a 4x4 and slid off the road into a river. Six of his kids were killed. He made a serios error of judgement and did go to prison. But would he have deserved 80 years in prison?
I think there's a big difference between someone who makes a massive mistake and someone who gets into a car off their head on drink or drugs and drives around at 100mph.
I don't think that's an appropriate sentence at all. The most dangerous group of drivers is young men, and although I think that they should be punished for causing accidents I don't think sending them to prison potentially for the rest of their lives for a stupid mistake they made aged 20 is just or helpful to society. It's definitely not necessary to rehabilitate them, which is supposed to be one of the main points of sending someone to prison. It's more an off the cuff, reactive punishment suggested only for purposes of revenge by understandably very upset relatives.
If you cause an accident killing four people then that would be 56 years - someone else could be out long before then for raping and murdering someone in cold blood, and there is a hell of a lot more need to rehabilitate the latter.
I don't think there is any part of this type of crime where the driver decides to hit a car with 3 people instead of 2, so it isn't comparable to someone who goes out and murders 3 people in a planned way. If they have killed someone and they keep driving to escape the scene and hit someone else, I would say that should be considered two crimes and carry two consecutive sentences. It would be two bad decisions, two bad acts, two separate crimes. I do think these situations are different and the law should be allowed to treat each case differently.
I also feel we should punish the risk people take more and not focus so completely on the outcomes. I would support much bigger sentences for people who get in a car when they are incapable of driving and speed around like idiots, over focusing on the one who actually hit someone.
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