Saturday, 22 November 2008

The great tradition of road carnage

A businesswoman who killed a young couple by driving a Jaguar into them at 111mph was jailed for nine years today. Mary Butres, 47, was driving John Nichols' Jaguar XJ8 when it hit surface water, skidded and hit Mark Crompton, 20, and his 19-year-old girlfriend Jodie Brown, Nottingham Crown Court heard.Butres today admitted another charge of drink-driving. She was banned from driving for seven years.

But why should Mary Butres ever drive again?

Why are the directors of Jaguar not in the dock for producing the killing machine that wiped out the young couple?

And why is it that senior police officers make public speeches articulating their sense of anxiety about speed cameras but never have a bad word to say about cars designed for high speed lawless driving?