Justice for Andy Cochrane

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As a Legacy for Andy Cochrane who was killed when the driver of a Vauxhall Vivaro panel van pulled out of a side road directly into the path of Andy on his Ducati motorcycle  causing his death at the scene we are launching a petition to ensure that no other families have such lenient sentences passed on the drivers who have taken their loved ones from them.

The driver was handed a three month prison sentence suspended for a year, 150 hours of unpaid working in the community and was also disqualified from driving for 12 months - for killing another human being!

There was a clear sight line of 250 meter at the approach to the junction in question. ---- a police report into the incident found that there were no contributing factors other than the defendant’s driving.

Our petition is that  every case of death as a result of careless or inconsiderate driving or any lapse of concentration no matter how momentary should be regarded as falling not far short of dangerous driving according to the Road Traffic Act 1988, s.2B and  be automatically referred to the Crown Court for trial and sentence.

We also believe that the minimum sentence even after a ‘Guilty’ plea should be a four year driving ban, a twelve month prison sentence suspended for four years, and an advanced motorists’ course followed by a full driving test before a full driving licence is re-issued.

 

 



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