Saturday, 13 December 2014

If You Do Only One Thing Today ....

... Please sign this petition: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911.


John Morland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39, were mowed down by a disqualified driver in a stolen car while out cycling on February 13, 2014.

In memory of the two fathers, Oxford Road NAG together with Mr Jarvis’ fiancée Tracey Fidler and Mr Morland’s fiancée Hayley Lindsay, have launched a petition calling for the sentence for causing death by dangerous driving to be changed.
The driver was given a sentence of 10 years and three months for the two counts of death by dangerous driving and the aggravated vehicle taking.
The petition asks the Government to change the law so someone who receives a sentence for causing death by dangerous driving would receive the maximum sentence of 14 years per person that has been killed.
Currently the maximum sentence for death by dangerous driving is 14 years. Whether more than one person was killed as a result of the offence is an aggravating factor.
Oxford Road NAG chairwoman Teresa Colliass said: “A lot of the NAG members were very upset about what happened and then the sentencing was the worst scenario. Ten years for two people’s lives almost makes a mockery of the sentencing. Is that all Kris and John are worth?”
She continued: “I want to ask everyone to sign it so that we can take some good out of this bad situation. It isn’t going to bring Kris and John back but it will hopefully offer a small bit of comfort.”
During the sentencing the court heard that the driver had previous convictions for 67 offences. He was also sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment to run concurrently for the additional offences, banned from driving for 15 years and ordered to retake his driving test at the end of the period.
Miss Fidler, 38, said: “We wanted to change the law because we think it is ridiculous to class them as one when two people were involved.
“I know they would have done exactly the same for me and Hayley if it was the other way around. We are fighting for Kris and John.”
Both men worked for the council – Mr Jarvis was a street care waste support officer and Mr Morland was a refuse truck driver.
Mr Jarvis was a father-of-five - Adam, nine, Emma, 11, Luke, 15, Ryan, 17, and Kyle, 19. Mr Morland was a father-of-two - Jazmin, seven, and Harvey, 11.
Miss Lindsay said: “If the law changes then hopefully another family won’t be put through as much as we have been put through.”
To sign the e-petition visit epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911.



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