LEGAL: Widow launches campaign after husband killed, calling for tougher drink driver sentencing
Almost 40,000 people signed Lorraine Allaway’s petition calling for a review of sentences given for drink-driving related offences.
Lorraine’s husband Bob was killed in October last year while riding his motorbike. When given a road-side breath test, the other driver was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit.
Bob was 46 when he died and the couple were married for a decade. He left behind wife Lorraine, five children and seven grandchildren.
Lorraine said: “If I killed someone I would get life in prison but someone who gets behind the wheel knowingly plastered gets 56 months – which means he will be out in 2.5 years. It’s an insult to the people left behind.
“I vowed that I would campaign for tougher sentences in Bob’s memory after he died so that no other family would have to go through what I have.”
Writing on her petition, she said: “At the time of the accident Bob was only 46 years old and still had so much more to give.
“He could be counted on to join charity events when he would dress as his alter ego Freddie Mercury. He spent many hours collecting for Macmillan cancer support and the Love Leah fund.
“I know any changes to the law will not affect the sentence this man has received but I hope that it will save other families the distress caused by such lenient sentences.”
For more about this campaign go to change.org/drinkdriving or email firstname.lastname@example.org.