Is it time there was a mandatory jail sentence for those that hit and run

Is it time there was a mandatory jail sentence for those that hit and run

Just about every time I hear the news of late there has been another hit and run.

Part of this, I am sure is linked to one or more of the following:

  • Unlicenced driver,
  • Unregistered vehicle;
  • Drink Driving;
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs;
  • Stolen Car;
  • Texting while driving;
  • Street racing; and or
  • other illegal activities

Whether or not this is the case, to live in a civilised society we owe each other a duty of care and to accept responsibility for our actions.

We have all heard of the parable of the good Samaritan, which like Noah’s flood has a similar story in many of the great religions. It was also the basis on which Lord Aitkin wrote what is regarded as the most important decision of the 800 years of the Common Law. That being:

“The rule that you are to love your neighbour becomes in law, you must not injure your neighbour; and the lawyer’s question, Who is my neighbour? receives a restricted reply. You must take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour. Who, then, in law, is my neighbour? The answer seems to be – persons who are so closely and directly affected by my act that I ought reasonably to have them in contemplation as being so affected when I am directing my mind to the acts or omissions which are called in question.”

As the injured may well die as a result of the callous act of leaving them injured as a result of a collision or impact, we need to send a clear message to anyone contemplating leaving the accident that serious consequences will result if they do not act responsibly as our society demands.

My suggestion is that any hit and run attracts a minimum 1 year mandatory jail.

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