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Tougher sentences for drivers who kill other road users whilst drunk/drugged

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Lorraine Allaway lost her husband Bob, in a horrific head on crash with a drunken driver. She has started a petition to hopefully make changes to the law and bring in harsher sentencing that should deter others and save other families the distress caused by such lenient sentences.

From Lorraine

On Saturday 3 October 2015 at 12pm, My husband Bob (Drac) Allaway from Long Preston, Skipton was riding his motorbike along the A65 near Settle when he was involved in a head on collision with a Nissan Note.

Bob sadly died at the scene, from multiple injuries. At the time of the accident Bob was only 46 years old and still had so much more to give.

He could be counted on to join charity events when he would dress as his alter ego Freddie Mercury. He spent many hours collecting for Macmillan cancer support and the Love Leah fund.

A roadside breath test was conducted on the driver of the Nissan Note and he returned a reading of 83ug per 100ml of breath – nearly two and a half times the legal limit (35ug/100ml). North Yorkshire Police conducted an investigation into the collision and found that whilst under the influence of alcohol, the driver of the Nissan Note had driven his vehicle across double solid white lines onto the wrong side of the road and collided head on with Bob’s motorbike.  

The driver pled guilty and has been sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and served with a five year, eight month ban from driving for causing the death of a motorcyclist whilst being drunk behind the wheel. So this driver will serve approximately two and a half years of his sentence whilst my family suffer a lifetime of pain at the loss of my husband.  

I know any changes to the law will not affect the sentence this man has received but I hope that it will save other families the distress caused by such lenient sentences. If I were to go out and kill someone with a weapon I would get a life sentence but you get in a car drunk and kill someone you get 4 years, where is the justice in that. It is a disgrace and an insult to those left behind.  

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Bob (Drac) Allaway

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