Revisit Punishment for Killing In The Course of Dangerous Driving.
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On the 19th of December 2012 my father died as a result of being involved in a traffic accident on John F Kennedy Drive, in the vicinity of Lake Cunningham, on the island of New Providence. The accident occurred around 5:24 a.m. when, a young lady attempted to overtake two vehicles, one of them being my father’s pickup truck. Here is an excerpt from the police report: “. . . she lost control and ran into the bushes near the lake on the north side and immediately swung to the left so as to regain a position on the street. In so doing she collided with the right rear wheel of the pickup truck causing it to flip several times as the driver was ejected from the vehicle.” My father was administered medical aid by EMS personnel of Princess Margaret Hospital prior to transport to hospital, but succumbed on arrival at the hospital.
This matter was finally taken to Traffic Court on the 3rd of April 2013 where the young lady was charged with killing in the course of dangerous driving, driving without a driver’s license, and driving without insurance. The owner of the car was charged with allowing his car to be driven by an unlicensed driver who was not insured. They both pleaded guilty and were fined by the magistrate. The young lady’s fines totaled $6,000 and she was ordered to attend counseling sessions.
The young lady involved in the collision was not the owner of the vehicle she was driving. She had no driver’s license and was uninsured.
The courts receive a payment of $6,000 and this young lady receives counseling, but what about counseling for the families that have lost a loved one? My mother is now a widow, living alone having lost her lifelong mate and only means financial support.
Where is the justice? Penalty individuals need to receive a penalty that more rightly reflects the weight and consequences of their irresponsibility. They are ordered to pay the government fines and attend counseling. The victim's families incur long term emotional effects and rarely if ever get the justice they seek. The penalty for this charge needs to change. And that change begins now. For victimized families of the past, my family and families of the future - JUSTICE STARTS HERE. Join me.
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