TODAY, The Press launches a campaign to call on the Government to re-write sentencing guidelines for drivers who kill or seriously injure others on the roads, and tells the harrowing ordeal of York's Linda Atkinson.

She suffered life changing injuries and was on a life support machine for three weeks after a speeding driver hit her moped.

He was jailed for two years and eight months but Linda's family believe it should have been longer, and we believe reckless drivers responsible for killing or inflicting life-changing injuries should not be punished lightly.

Judges are bound by strict guidelines which limit the sentences they can hand down.

We believe those guidelines need to change to give victims and families a sense of justice when they walk out the court room to begin rebuilding their lives.

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Families that suffer because of the actions of these drivers should not think their tormentor in chief has got away with it.

A survey by road safety charity Brake found nine out of 10 people think drivers who kill after taking drink or drugs should be charged with manslaughter.

There is a strong public opinion to see change.

Over the next week we will bring you stories of families who are still suffering due to reckless drivers on the region's roads.

We want to stop families going through hell when someone is punished with a short sentence and will call on the Government to give judges more power to sentence drivers for longer, where appropriate.

In due course, we will present our dossier to the Government, lobbying for a change in the sentencing guidelines.

Figures released as part of a North Yorkshire Police performance report earlier this year showed 20 people died and 232 were seriously injured in crashes across the county between January 1 and July 31.

We begin our campaign today with Linda's story.

Driver Stephen Briddon was jailed for two years and eight months and banned from driving for four years and four months. But Linda was given a life sentence of her own with the injuries he inflicted.