Dear local MP,
Bereaved families find that the sentences handed down to dangerous and careless drivers who kill are inadequate.
For example, a promising 22 year old student, Jamie Butcher was killed on a pedestrian crossing by a driver who went through a red light doing TWICE the speed limit.
His killer, who has never shown any remorse, received a sentence which means it is likely he will serve LESS THAN TWO YEARS in prison.
The maximum sentence available was increased to 14 years in 2004; however the will of Parliament is not being reflected in tougher sentences. Of those convicted in 2011, one in three killer drivers did not go to jail at all. Only one in ten received more than 5 years.
Judges say they are constrained by "sentencing guidelines", which make it difficult for them to hand out the tough sentences which are appropriate for drivers who kill.
In addition, many offenders are only charged of the lesser offence of "Causing Death by Careless Driving", even when the more serious charge would be more appropriate. This means the sentence available is limited.
Will you support the campaign at StopDangerousDrivers.com, and please write to the Lord Chancellor on my behalf, asking him to:
· Submit a proposal to the Sentencing Council to review the guidelines for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.
· Review whether the lesser offence of Causing Death by Careless Driving could be abolished leaving Causing Death by Dangerous Driving as the appropriate charge for drivers that kill.
Also, please add your support to the campaign by signing the petition at www.StopDangerousDriving.com.