JUSTICE FOR JAMIE: Family of Wisbech crash victim plead for crackdown on speeding drivers
THE family of crash victim Jamie Butcher has pleaded for a crackdown on speeding drivers after figures revealed the first increase in road deaths for eight years.
Student Jamie was mown down and killed on a pelican crossing in Churchill Road, Wisbech, in February last year. He was one of 1,901 people who died on Britain’s roads in 2010/11.
Michael Moore, of Murrow Lane, Parson Drove, was doing almost twice the speed limit and had run a red light when he hit the 22-year-old.
He was jailed for 43 months in April - but now The Wisbech Standard is joining the Butcher family in calling for Justice for Jamie.
Tina Butcher, Jamie’s mother, and Steve Green, his stepfather, have called on the Government to do more to tackle speeding.
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Mr Green said: “1,901 people were killed on the road. That equates to five or six people every day.
“Having been through what we’ve been through, we know how devastating it is. Five or six families every day are going through that devastation.
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“I feel as though I need to do something. After the court case I couldn’t sit back as though it was finished. I promised to do my very best to get some good out of this.
“If there is some small thing I can do to change this I will try my absolute hardest to do it.”
The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving was raised from 10 years to 14 years in 2003.
But freedom of information requests sent to the Ministry of Justice by Mr Green have revealed that NO drivers have received that maximum sentence since it was introduced.
Mr Green said: “Michael Moore was a man with previous motoring convictions, who was doing twice the speed limit, had gone through a red light and showed no remorse.
“He only got 43 months. How much worse does it have to get?
“I don’t know what someone would need to do to get a 14-year sentence, short of running over the Prime Minister’s family.”
Mr Green is meeting NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay tomorrow to discuss his campaign for tougher sentences.
The family are also due to present a cheque for �1,000 to RoadPeace, the national charity for crash victims.
They raised the money by holding a jumble sale in memory of Jamie.