Road death and injury can be devastating to victims, their families and communities. Yet drivers who kill and endanger are often let off with inadequate penalties, compounding the problems of those families especially when the victim is the bread winner, while leaving them betrayed by the justice system. Almost all drivers convicted of killing are not jailed.
We call for tougher charges and penalties for driving offences, to appropriately reflect the suffering caused to the victims and their families. We also need tougher penalties to drivers who cause danger through bad driving behaviour such as speeding, mobile phone use etc. These would send a signal to risky drivers and also protect the public.
Law breaking drivers must also know there are tougher penalties when they are caught. There is also the need for more dedicated traffic enforcement agencies to stop these behaviours on our roads.