The Herald

Outcry over sentences for motorists who kill

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but not causing death by careless driving.

“Trying to explain that sort of legal high-wire act to this German family was just horrific,” said Mr Millar. “From their point of view, they regarded the whole proceeding­s and the outcome as being like suffering the death all over again. As a lawyer, I personally don’t understand it.”

However, Neil Greig, Scotland-based policy director for the Institute of Advanced Motorists, said there was “no clear evidence that ever tougher sentences have any effect on the momentary lapses and errors that cause most crashes”.

He added: “Even if a conviction is secured the sentences are clearly inconsiste­nt and variable which upsets victims’ families even more.”

A Crown Office spokeswoma­n said: “The Crown can only take action in cases reported to us where there is sufficient evidence in law to allow us to do so. We give careful considerat­ion to each case reported to us.”

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