Petitions and activism
The sentence for hit and run drivers MUST be increased. 61 days in prison for killing someone isn't justice!
Steaksauce · 27/01/2018 13:49
The link to the petition is at the bottom of this article
The victim of this crime was a friend of mine. He was killed aged 36 and left to die in the street by the person who hit him. That person ditched his vehicle and by the time he was caught (over 2 weeks later), it was too late to get any evidence of drink driving, speeding etc. They do know that he never even tried to brake before or after hitting my friend.
Beause of this, he was only charged with leaving the scene of an accident and therefore only served 61 days in prison. For taking a life.
The victims family are trying to get this loophole in the law changed as they feel there is almost an incentive to leave an accident as you're almost certain to get a lesser sentence than the maximum of 14 years for death by dangerous driving (which he would have been charged with had he stayed)
Please sign so this gets considered by parliament. This is the sort of crime that could happen to anyone and, sadly, is likely to happen again, devastating another family.
Thanks for reading.
Awwlookatmybabyspider · 27/01/2018 15:11
I'll give quite a few bumps. I can't believe a thread like this has almost been overlooked.
Rainshowers · 27/01/2018 15:16
My dad was killed in a hit and run a couple of years ago. Although it looked unlikely at the time they did catch the driver (who had a list of prior convictions that spread over several pages and was well known to the police), and he was sentenced to just a couple of years. He'll be out soon. The sentencing is ridiculous, even more so in this case. I'm so sorry for your friend.
Steaksauce · 27/01/2018 15:17
@Rainshowers that's terrible, I'm so sorry about your dad
blackberryfairy · 27/01/2018 15:23
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tectonicplates · 27/01/2018 15:26
"Failing to stop should be equal to death by dangerous driving"
Actually it's manslaughter in my opinion.
2choose · 27/01/2018 15:42
Also signed. It is really wrong that this is the current law.
twinklebee · 27/01/2018 15:58
How awful. Something definitely needs to be changed in the law as this seems to happen all too often. So sorry for your loss.
Steaksauce · 27/01/2018 16:09
I agree it should be manslaughter really. I also agree that killing or injuring someone in general carries stupidly light sentences. Hopefully getting this change could be the start of proper sentences for these awful crimes.
catchyjem · 27/01/2018 16:16
Signed. I'm always shocked to read cases like this. It's just appalling. Hope the law is changed.
Sadmum23 · 27/01/2018 16:24
Signed and shared on Facebook - hope you reach the required target
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