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Hit-and-run is a cowardly crime and it must be punished

04 April, 2019

‘Hit-and-run has become a part of everyday life, a glimpse of death that lurks around every corner’

• HIT-AND-RUN is a cowardly crime that involves a motorist deliberately abandoning the scene of a road crash, thereby leaving a suffering victim in need of medical attention.

So it is shocking to learn that a young motorist, fleeing from the police, travelling at almost three times the speed limit, running over a teenager, and then leaving him to die, has received a prison sentence of a mere 16 months.

He is likely to be released half-way through his punishment, meaning that in less than a year’s time he will be free to drive around, his crimes soon forgotten.

Meanwhile his victim suffers life-changing injuries. Why was this criminal motorist not given a larger sentence and why was he not banned from driving for life? His punishment is an insult to our sense of justice.

In 2017, the latest year for which accurate statistics are available, some 71 people in Britain lost their lives in hit-and-run incidents. There were 6,094 casualties nationwide, about 508 per month, and in London 17 died and there were 2,021 casualties, around 168 a month.

Hit-and-run has become a part of everyday life, a glimpse of death that lurks around every corner.

ANTONY PORTER
W9

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