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Drink Drive Petition Reaches Downing Street

Lorraine Allaway made the news this week as the petition she initiated was handed in to Downing Street.

Lorraine, whose husband Robert was killed by a drunk driver in North Yorkshire last October, urged the government to introduce tougher sentences for those who kill people as a result of driving whilst over the legal limit.

More than 100,000 people signed the petition.

Andrew Crook, 48, was imprisoned for 56 months for causing the death of Mr Allaway – a jail term his widow said was “not long enough”.

Crook, who was more than twice the legal alcohol limit, admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention.

Mr Allaway was riding his motorbike near Settle when he was hit by Crook’s vehicle, which was being driven on the wrong side of the road.

Mrs Allaway would have liked to see Crook’s sentence doubled – to a minimum jail term of 10 years, plus a life-long ban from driving.

Her petition gathered more than 101,500 signatures – exceeding the threshold figure of 100,000 required for the UK government to consider a debate on the subject.

She pledged to continue campaigning until sentencing for those convicted of causing death whilst drunk, or drugged, better reflected the seriousness of the crimes committed and enabled those left behind to feel that justice was being done.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it would be holding a consultation on driving offence sentences and that this would start “by the end of the year”.

An MoJ spokesman said it was “determined to make sure sentencing fits the crime for those who kill or cause serious injury on our roads”.

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