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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.

    FACTS ARE FACTS

    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

No Jail Time In Driving Deaths

Posted by Childress on July 5, 2006

The headline in London’s Daily Mirror says it all:  “Driver kills a teenager, flees in his wrecked van and is tested positive for drink and drugs. So how could a judge set him free?”

But that’s what happened:

The family of a girl killed by a hit-and-run driver spoke of their anger and dismay yesterday as he walked free from court.

Mark Hambleton ran into 17-year-olds Natalie Glasgow and Stephanie Taylor as they walked home from a party, leaving Natalie dying and her friend gravely injured. Witnesses claimed he had been driving without lights and when he was arrested the following day police found traces of alcohol, Ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis in his blood.

But prosecutors accepted Hambleton’s account that he took the drugs after he arrived home. They said there was not enough evidence to charge him with causing Natalie’s death by dangerous driving a charge which carries a maximum 14-year term.

Instead he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of dangerous driving, failing to stop and report an accident, driving with no headlights and possession of Ecstasy and cannabis.

His sentence:  100 hours of community service. The tragedy of the accident and the tragedy of the sentence may serve a purpose:  Parliament is considering a bill to make it easier to bring strong charges against people who kill while driving under the influence of drugs — and Hambleton’s sentence may help bring about the kind of law that will keep such a miscarriage of justice from happening again.

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One Response to “No Jail Time In Driving Deaths”

  1. Dodgy said

    You have to consider the fact that he may not have been under the influence, but like you I doubt it very much.

    Driving under the influence of any drug, that affects your co-ordination is very stupid, whether the drugs is illegal or not.

    There is nothing you can do, no law you can bring in that would have given a different outcome in this case.

    There’s an added problem with cannabis too, in the sense that cannabis can stay in the system for over a month.

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