Family campaign for tougher sentences

Tina and Steve
Jamie Butcher was killed in February 2011 Photo: ITV Anglia

The family of a teenager killed on a pedestrian crossing in Cambridgeshire are campaigning for longer sentences for dangerous drivers.

22-year-old Jamie Butcher was hit by a car travelling at 58mph in a 30mph zone limit in Wisbech in 2011. He was killed instantly. In April 2012 the driver Michael Moore from Murrow near Wisbech was jailed for 43 months.

Jamie's mum Tina and her partner Steve Green say the sentence is "ridiculous", and this morning they appeared on ITV Daybreak to launch their campaign for tougher sentencing. They have set up a website, Justice for Jamie, and have created an online petition calling for longer jail terms for dangerous drivers.

Their local MP Stephen Barclay is backing the campaign. The Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire is planning to raise the issue in the House of Commons later this week.

In 2003 the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving in England and Wales was raised from 10 years to 14. Statistics from the Ministry of Justice show that from 2004 to 2010 not one person was given that maximum sentence, and just three people were given 10 years or more. More than 1,400 people were given jail terms, but more than three-quarters of those were of 5 years or less.

Sentencing Mr Moore, the judge said that Jamie's death would always be on his conscience, but Jamie's family say the punishment does not fit the crime and that until sentences are made tougher they will carry on their campaign. Watch Olivia Paterson's report.