Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The law and killer drivers (in NZ)

The death of a cyclist near Otaki has prompted calls for mandatory manslaughter charges for drink drivers who kill on our roads.

Mr van Kampen was cycling home from work on Friday afternoon when he was hit from behind.

Peter Jenkins of the Sensible Sentencing Trust says it is pushing for changes in the law making manslaughter charges mandatory for drink drivers who kill.

“The person has made a deliberate decision that then results in the death of an innocent person,” he says.