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Should drivers who cause death be treated same as other killers? Have your say
11:32am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
WHAT prison sentences should killer drivers get? Should they be treated the same as anyone else who causes the death of another person?
In July former Swanley childminder Dawn Chedd was found guilty of killing a Bexleyheath pensioner after leaving the handbrake off her car in a Bluewater car park.
She was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after being convicted on a charge of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
Last week we reported how a tired German lorry driver left one man dead, two people seriously injured and caused a 10 car pile-up on the M25.
Anton Maizen was sentenced to four-and-a-half years after admitting one count of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
A comment often made is that longer sentences are given for crimes involving money or property than for those involving human life.
Yesterday, we told how Bexleyheath businessman Rebecca McDonald had been jailed for three years for her role in a £5m wine scam.
Another story from our archive earlier this year reported how a group of conmen were given sentences of around six and seven years for an investment fraud.
What do you think of these sentences? Are people who kill with vehicles treated too leniently by the criminal justice system? Do the jail terms or other sentences handed out provide justice to families who have lost loved ones in road crashes or through bad driving? Should vehicles be classed as weapons the same as knives or guns, and anyone who causes someone’s death when behind the wheel face a manslaughter or murder charge?
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