- Julian Smith MPMember of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon
- Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MPLord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Tougher sentences for drivers who kill other road users whilst drunk/drugged
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- Member of Parliament for Skipton and Ripon
Julian Smith MP
- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party
Theresa May MP
- Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
This petition is in honour of my husband who was killed by a drunk driver.
This crime currently is dealt with as a driving offence and should be dealt with as a criminal offence. Drunk/drugged drivers and mobile phone users make a conscious choice to drive their vehicles therefore they should be charged with the minimum of manslaughter.
We need to get tougher sentences for drivers who kill other road users whilst driving under the influence of Drink or Drugs or using their mobile phones. Currently drivers charged with causing death by driving whilst under the influence or by using a mobile phone are faced with a tariff of 7 to 14 years dependant on the severity of the charge/offence, however in reality when they attend court these tariffs are shortened, if the driver pleads guilty the sentence will be reduced, more often than not the sentences handed out by our courts average at 4 years. Now imagine if you can how you would feel attending court and hearing that your loved ones life is worth a 4 year jail term, oh and then you realise the fact the person who killed your loved one will only serve 2 years. Does that sound/feel like justice to you?
I feel that these drivers when they plead or are found guilty should receive a minimum sentence of 10 years to be served in jail no early release as is currently the way. Instead of a driving ban for 3+ years, I feel they should also lose their driving licence for life. A driving licence is a privilege not a god given right. When they commit the crime of causing death by driving drunk/drugged/speeding or using the mobile phone they should have that privilege removed permanently.
I understand that a consultation on the sentencing was promised over 2 years ago is still not underway, Lord Berkley was told recently that this would be carried out this year and I would like to see the results of that or even be part of the process. I believe as reported by Greg Mulholland MP earlier this year that this issue was supposed to have been in the queen’s speech this year but it was dropped.
On a daily basis we hear, of another loved one has be lost to a driver who is or was drunk/drugged/speeding/using a mobile, the families left behind are going to hear the same as I have done this year and it is time we did something for the ones left behind serving a life sentence, lets give them a feeling of justice is being served.
I will be honest here and say that no sentence is ever going to be long enough for the loss of my husband and I know that no matter what the sentence his killer received will not change. We as a family are devastated at the loss of my husband and nothing I do or say can bring him back, but I hope that by campaigning to get tougher sentences for drivers who kill whilst drunk/drugged/speeding/using a mobile I can save other families the pain and suffering we are going through.
I hope you will take the time to look at my petition along with the comments received from those who feel justice has not been served for them and consider changing the sentencing of these drivers to make it feel like justice is being served for the families that are left behind.
I thank you for your time on this matter.
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