Re: Killer drivers could avoid jail
Someone please find me a driver who has not had a momentary loss of concentration.
Someone please find me a driver, who having had a momentary loss of concentration, has not said to themselves "bloody hell, I was lucky there was nothing coming or that could have been nasty"
Of course, sometimes the luck we all have runs out. That does not make us bad drivers or criminals, even though there may be tragic consequences for someone.
Central to all this is intent, and the law is attempting not to criminalise the ordinary motorist who sets off to drive carefully and responsibly, but in spite of all his good intent, makes a small error with big consequences.
Compare this to Gary Hart..who stays up all night with no sleep, then drives a Landrover with a car on a trailer at high speed with no regard for his own condition or the risk he is placing other road users in..falls asleep and ends up on a railway line and there follows a collision in which eleven people die. Then persistantly denies he was doing anything wrong!!!
Are we saying these two motorist deserve to be punished equally?
I don't think so. The first is not a criminal, the second is, and their treatment before the law should reflect this. There is no public gain and no deterrent in punishing the first driver.