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Widow hands in drink-drive petition to Downing Street

Lorraine Allaway
Image caption Lorraine Allaway's husband was killed by a drink-driver last October

A petition signed by more than 100,000 people calling for tougher sentences for killer drink-drivers has been handed in to Downing Street.

It was started by Lorraine Allaway, whose husband Robert was killed by a drunk driver in North Yorkshire.

Andrew Crook, 48, was imprisoned for 56 months over his death, a jail term Mrs Allaway said was "not long enough".

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it would be holding a consultation on driving offence sentences.

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Mr Allaway was riding his motorbike near Settle last October when he was hit by a car that Crook, of Swinnow Grove, Leeds, was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Crook, who was more than twice the legal alcohol limit, admitted causing death by driving without due care and attention.

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Image caption Robert Allaway was hit on the A65 near Settle

Mrs Allaway, from Long Preston, North Yorkshire, wants convicted offenders to serve at least 10 years in prison and to lose their licences for life.

Her petition has gathered more than 101,500 signatures - crossing the 100,000 threshold required for the UK government to consider a debate on the matter.

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Image caption Andrew Crook was also banned from driving for five years

"I will continue to campaign until such time as we get reasonable sentences because the ones that are left behind just don't feel like they're getting justice at all," Mrs Allaway said.

"People are sick and tired of hearing [that] another family has lost a loved one through some idiot getting into their car and driving drunk or drugged."

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An MoJ spokesman said it was "determined to make sure sentencing fits the crime for those who kill or cause serious injury on our roads".

It added that the consultation would start "by the end of the year".

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