Berkshire

Petition for drivers to be sentenced per person killed

Alexander Farrar Walters
Alexander Walters was driving at 68mph in a 30mph zone when he hit the men, the court heard

The families of two cyclists killed by a drunk driver have started a petition calling for a change in the law.

John Morland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39, died when their bicycles were hit by Alexander Walters, 31 in Purley-on-Thames, Berkshire, on 13 February.

Walters was jailed for 10 years and three months in April after admitting seven charges, including two of causing death by dangerous driving.

The men's families want drivers to be sentenced for each person killed.

The online petition is calling for drivers who receive a sentence for causing death by dangerous driving to be given the maximum sentence of 14 years for each person they kill.

The petition has gathered more than 1,200 signatures online to date.

The petition could trigger a House of Commons debate if it reaches 100,000 signatures.

Tests showed, as well as being over the drink-drive limit, Walters of Beech Road, Purley-on-Thames, had also taken cocaine within the previous 24 hours.

During the trial, Reading Crown Court heard Walters had appeared in court on 14 occasions for a total of 67 offences.

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