LAST month The Press launched a campaign calling on the Government to rewrite sentencing guidelines for drivers who kill or seriously injure others on the roads.
The Road To Justice campaign asks the Government to rewrite sentencing guidelines and give judges more power to lock dangerous drivers up for longer.
We asked shoppers and traders in York for their thoughts on the campaign.
Sharon Boyes, 47, from Clifton Moor, said the recent case of Tomasz Kroker, a lorry driver who killed a mother and three children when he failed to stop because he was looking at his mobile phone in Oxfordshire, must have been “a life sentence for those left behind.”
He was jailed for ten years last week and families of the victim have hit out against his short sentence.
Mrs Boyes added: “It only took five seconds.
“The car in the next lane was the father and son so they witnessed it. It’ll never go from their memories.
“I feel there needs to be some sort of action taken to stop people drinking or being on a phone while driving.”
Street florist, Simon Squires, 51, from Acomb added: “In some cases it is a matter of murder even if the court doesn’t treat it as one.
“Until you change the law on it, that’s just what’s going to happen.”
Andrea Clausen-Jones, 27, also backed the campaign. She added: “Obviously something’s not working.”
Chris Wise, 68, from Sutton upon Derwent, passionately believes more needs to be done to safeguard innocent lives.
He added: “Reckless drivers need to be held accountable – it’s never just an accident.”
The Press believes reckless drivers responsible for killing or inflicting life-changing injuries should not be punished lightly.
To support the campaign go to https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/156369