Road laws ‘garbage’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - CHRIS CLARKE

BRIS­BANE man Vic­tor Boss­ley, 28, had planned to pro­pose to the love of his life Sarah Walker in Fiji in July.

But in April, that dream was shat­tered when Sarah, 30, and her brother Daniel, 22, were killed while driv­ing to Bund­aberg.

Sarah’s son Sam, 14, and their friend Peter Knowles, 25, sur­vived but suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries.

Mr Boss­ley has spo­ken for the first time about the tragedy and the sub­se­quent court case, slam­ming the le­gal sys­tem as “dis­gust­ing”.

The driver of the other car, vet­eran Fraser Coast solic­i­tor Don­ald Gayler, 66, was charged over the crash.

A mo­men­tary lapse of at­ten­tion caused Mr Gayler to drift to the wrong side of the road where his ve­hi­cle ploughed into Ms Walker’s car.

Be­cause none of Mr Gayler’s ac­tions were con­sid­ered fac­tors in the crash, he was charged with driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the law, he is not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for the deaths.

Mr Gayler pleaded guilty and was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three months and fined $3000.

“All he got was a li­cence sus­pen­sion. The sys­tem is dis­gust­ing. It’s not right,” Mr Boss­ley told The Sun­day Mail.

Months ear­lier, when told by po­lice that the crash had killed two peo­ple, Mr Gayler had re­marked that there was “not much he could do about that”.

Now Mr Boss­ley wants to do some­thing about it.

Last week he and mem­bers of the Walker fam­ily met Main Roads Min­is­ter Steven Miles and Po­lice Min­is­ter Mark Ryan, with a view to cre­at­ing a new charge that would see of­fend­ers given a harsher pun­ish­ment if they drove with­out due care or at­ten­tion and caused death.

Cur­rent law in Queens­land means of­fend­ers can es­cape prison time when their crash causes death if the state is un­able to prove they acted reck­lessly or il­le­gally.

Mr Boss­ley said his meet­ings with the min­is­ters went well and they lis­tened to his con­cerns.

But he said change would not come with­out months or years of cam­paign­ing for re­form.

“I can’t com­plain about Don­ald Gayler as much as I want to,” Mr Boss­ley said.

“He’s been charged as much as he could’ve been charged un­der the cur­rent Queens­land laws and the cur­rent Queens­land law is ab­so­lute garbage.

“Other fam­i­lies hope­fully don’t have to go through the same heart­break that we went through,” he said.

Mr Boss­ley has al­ready heard from oth­ers who have en­dured, or who are cur­rently en­dur­ing, the same strug­gle he en­coun­tered.

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