Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drivers Get off Lightly ; Viewpoints

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Drivers Get off Lightly ; Viewpoints

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ISN'T it so often the case that lawbreaking drivers are treated more leniently than other law breakers? Certainly with speeding, mobilephone use, and parking, there's a great deal of sympathy. Compare the texting dentist who caused the deaths of a 60-year-old pedestrian and his dog, to the rail guard who caused the death of a drunken teenager. Of the dentist, the judge said a "momentary error with tragic consequences", and sentenced her to 40 weeks jail suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours community service. Of the rail guard, he was described by the judge as "displaying an appalling disregard for safety", and sentenced him to five years jail. Then there's the motorbiker who deliberately pushed a cyclist off his bike, and the drunken football thug who pushed Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. For inflicting grievous bodily harm - cuts, abrasions and a broken finger from hitting the tarmac at over 20mph - the motorbike thug was given just a verbal warning. …

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