Politics Show East
Bridget Wall lost her 24 year old son in a road traffic accident.
I became a member of both Brake and Road Peace and I campaign to make people aware that driving is a privilege and not a right and, that we have a responsibility and a duty of care to ensure that our driving behaviour does not endanger other road users. We have a responsibility to ensure that children and other vulnerable road users are able to use roads and pavements without feeling intimidated and endangered by other road users' bad driving behaviour.
We must all be aware of the fact that we are in charge and responsible for a potential lethal weapon - for our vehicle is indeed a potential lethal weapon and children and other vulnerable road users are unable to defend themselves against such a powerful weapon. We must stop treating lawbreaking on the road as a joke.
Trevor Beamond - UK
I don't see the advantage of long prison sentences but bad driving should result in a ban for life. Blind people are not allowed to drive and those with insufficient responsibility should not be allowed to drive either.
John B - UK It does seem that prison is a totally unsuitable punishment when there is clearly no intent to cause harm to anyone and the "offender" does not represent any ongoing danger to the public. A prison sentence costs the taxpayer vast amounts of money while achieving nothing, and a driver who is truly remorseful following a tragic accident is far more likely to be willing to perform community services (possibly using professional skills) in order to make amends. Think of the potential benefits of free training or professional advice being offered to teenagers who otherwise could only look forward to a failing school and life on a sink estate. Even training in basic literacy for adults who missed out on an education is of far more value to society than locking up someone for what ultimately is simply a tragic accident.
Dr J. D. Clark - UK Blaming individuals only partly solves the problem. Still photographs from video footage of the mentioned case of the university lecturer were published in a newspaper. It is clear that while the accident happened because of driver error, the deaths occurred because a lorry lost control, penetrated the crash barrier and hit oncoming vehicles. Motorway crash barriers are designed to stop cars but not lorries. Who made that decision? Are the people concerned held accountable? No, they are not. Yet if they had insisted on making lorry-proof crash barriers, many read deaths would not have occurred, including those that landed a driver in prison.
Kay Webb - UK Drivers who kill innocent bystanders should be banned for life after all a life has been ended. The law is too easy now. You can get imprisonment for ABH and GBH but you do not get imprisonment for drive carelessly and killing a person. The law is now a joke. I cannot see how dangerous driving is hard to prove especially if someone is killed.
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