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Is life so cheap on our roads?

16 June, 2017

• A JUDGE’S sympathy for a young driver deserves greater scrutiny.

We are told that a judge postponed his sentencing so that a university student can complete his degree. The youngster had overtaken at speed and failed to brake, killing a pedestrian on a crossing in Isleworth.

“I do not want to impact upon his getting a proper degree,” the judge is quoted as saying. He had earlier reduced his crime from dangerous to careless driving, which carries a lesser punishment and which begs the question of what more the lad could have done for his driving to be legally labelled as dangerous.

Does anybody really believe that hurtling a pedestrian 45 metres is mere carelessness? And is impacting upon an adolescent’s career more important than impacting upon an innocent’s life?

The seriousness of this case can be so easily lost in a haze of unanswered questions and fumes.

Our current motoring laws seem less about true justice and more about getting convicted drivers back on the roads again as soon as possible. It will therefore be most interesting to learn what sentence this youth eventually receives; also how the judge will justify it.

ANTONY PORTER, W9

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