A UK-based road safety charity called Brake wants harsher punishments for drivers who have killed while behind the wheel. The group surveyed individuals regarding what penalties might suffice for drunk or drugged drivers. The result? Possible lifetime imprisonment.
Currently in the UK, drunk or drugged drivers are usually jailed for as little as 26 weeks to as long as 14 years. Brake's survey showed that a staggering 91% of people are behind filing manslaughter charges against deadly drivers. If pushed, these criminals could face a lifetime prison sentence.
The survey also found that 66% of respondents believe these same irresponsible drivers should be put behind bars for at least 10 years. Around 19.8%, meanwhile, think that the sentence should involve a lifetime in the slammer. At present, a lot of persons convicted in the UK for killing while driving never served a day in jail.
When you look at the numbers, it's not surprising why people in the UK despise reckless drivers so much: In 2014 alone, 381 people were charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving.
Families of victims who have fallen prey to reckless drivers have expressed support for the advocacy. One such example are the parents of Joseph Brown-Lartey. Their son’s life was taken away when a driver hit his car while trying to beat a red light at more than 130kph. The collision resulted in Joseph’s car being cut in half. Said vehicle will be brought to Britain’s House of Commons, in the hopes members will pass stricter laws against dangerous driving.
In line with this, Brake is also calling for a change in how such cases are charged. At present, drivers are slapped with either "causing death by dangerous driving" or "causing death by careless driving." The group believes, though, that there is no difference: Such behavior is dangerous, period.
And we have to agree. Anyone who has killed or even caused injury to another while drunk or under the influence while driving should not be allowed near a car. Ever. Maybe President Duterte can take a cue from this campaign and start with those killer PUV drivers taking drugs just to stay awake.