Monday 19 October 2009

The Met and hit and run driving

A pensioner has been killed during a hit-and-run crash at a pedestrian crossing in north London.

Last November in London

An 11-year-old boy has died after being hit on a crossing in north London by a car which was then driven off.

As Jenny Jones points out

London’s lawless roads are a direct result of the Met Police policy of neglecting minor traffic offences. By having a policy which discouraged local police from asking drivers for their insurance and licence, we created a situation where a fifth of casualties involve a hit and run driver.”

In the rare cases where hit and run drivers are traced and successfully prosecuted, they can expect very lenient treatment from the British judicial system, which is passionately committed to upholding the right to drive over the right to justice.

THE family of a nine-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run incident are calling on people to join their campaign for a change in criminal sentencing.

David James Lunn, 61, of Moorland Avenue, Wrexham, the man who was driving the car which hit Robert Gaunt at Overton, was jailed for 22 months and banned from driving for four years after he admitted perverting the course of justice. He also admitted two charges of causing death while he had no licence and no insurance following the incident in March.

Tara Green, the partner of Robert Gaunt’s father, Robert Jones, said: “We are currently petitioning to get the sentencing guidelines changed to ensure that the courts are able to set sentences appropriate to crimes involving driving while uninsured, while unlicensed, not stopping at the scene of the accident and then attempting to pervert the course of justice. The family wanted justice for Robert and were let down by the current limitations of the justice system.