London, July 12 (IANS) A wrecked car, sliced into two in an horrific crash, was displayed outside the Houses of Parliament in London as part of a national campaign for tougher sentences for criminal drivers.
Heartbroken parents, Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey, lost their son Joseph, 25, when a speeding driver ran a red light at more than 128 km an hour in Greater Manchester, Xinhua news agency reported.
The car was put on public display for the first time on Monday, showing the public how it had been cut into two by the force of the crash.
Charity organisation Brake is calling on the British government to review guidelines for both charging and sentencing criminal drivers.
A spokesman for the charity said on Monday: “This new campaign is being backed by a number of recently bereaved families who feel they have not had justice for their loved ones.”
A survey to mark the launch of Brake’s new “Roads to Justice” campaign shows there is huge support for strengthening sentences faced by criminal drivers.
A survey by Brake showed 91 per cent of people questioned believed that if someone causes a fatal crash when they drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, they should be charged with manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of life term in prison.
Current charges puts guilty drivers in prison from six months to 14 years.