Thousands back driving campaign

Almost 2,500 people have signed a petition lobbying for stiffer punishments for those who kill or seriously injure on our roads.

Thursday, 1st December 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:31 pm
More than 2,000 people have added their names to a petition calling for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers who kill or seriously injure people on the roads

The Gazette launched its Drive For Justice campaign to highlight the scandal of lenient sentences that mean some dangerous drivers are getting off too lightly.

Some avoid jail all together while others are sentenced to an average of just four years in prison.

Many other motorists who kill on the roads are prosecuted under the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving which bereaved families view as an insult.

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We launched a petition to lobby the Government to re-work sentencing guidelines for driving offences so judges can use the powers that exist as well as tackling loopholes and imposing tougher sentences for the worst offenders.

The petition has been supported by more than 2,000 people and hundreds of people have left comments giving their own personal reason for supporting the campaign.

• Sign the petition here to help bring about a change: