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Just 3 or 4 years for killer drivers in Norfolk

Just 3 or 4 years for killer drivers in Norfolk

Published by Chris Craddock
11:40am 12th July 2019. (Updated at 6:21pm 12th July 2019)

It's a lifetime sentence for the family of victims but not from the drivers who kill on Norfolk's roads.

Motorists convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in our county spend 3 or 4 years in prison on average.

Road safety charity Brake say loved ones are often left feeling "grossly let down" by these sentences.

Jamie was only 22-years-old when he was killed

Tina Butcher from Wisbech spoke to KLFM about how a speeding driver killed her son after he went through a red light in 2011.

She spoke to KLFM about how she's campaigned for tougher sentences since then:

"I was devastated and just thought that this man will getaway with killing my son.

"But my partner Steve told me that we will do something and we will try to make things better.

road closure on a47 after six vehicle crash at near swaffham

"The worst of it is knowing this man has gone home to his family and he can enjoy holidays and things with them.

"But we will never do that with Jamie again.

"The loss is just awful and I never think you do get over it - it's there with you all of the time."

norfolk police road closure at scarning

Between 2008 and 2018 - 21 people were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in Norfolk and the most common sentence was that of three to four years in prison.

One person was sentenced to 10 years in jail while another was given two months behind bars.

The government did pledge to introduce life sentences for killer drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile but this hasn't been implemented.

The maximum sentence at the moment is 14 years in prison.

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