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Campaign To Change Drink Drive Law

Sensible Sentencing Joins Campaign To Change Drink Drive Law

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is joining forces with the partner of cyclist Frank van Kampen who was killed after being struck by a car whose driver allegedly failed a police breath test.

No charges have yet been laid but the driver has had her licence returned and is legally entitled to drive again following a suspension period of only 28 days.

The Sensible Sentencing Trust is supporting Mr. van Kampens partner, Jude Pauwels in a campaign to ensure a tougher stance on drink-drivers who kill.

Ms. Pauwels said, “It is not until you are directly involved in a tragedy like this that you realize that the laws are not adequate to protect us from those who blatantly and repeatedly break the law, often with catastrophic results.”

Ms. Pauwells said that she had already contacted Justice Minister Simon Power expressing her concerns.

Sensible Sentencing Trust Spokesman Garth McVicar said current drink-driving legislation favoured the offenders and was out of balance and out of date.

“We are more than happy to throw the weight of the Trust behind Ms. Pauwels to ultimately promote safer roads.”

“If the law allows a drink-driver who kills someone to be back driving in 28 days then something is seriously amiss and we want to help change that law.”

A group of supporters has formed “Team van Kampen” to take part in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge on November 28th.

Ms. Pauwels and Mr. McVicar said the event would help raise public awareness to add collective pressure to change the law.


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