The family of Wisbech student Jamie Butcher, who was killed by a speeding driver in February 2011, has received a prestigious award recognising their contribution to tackling devastating road casualties and ensuring justice for victims’ families.
Jamie’s stepdad, Steve Green, mum Tina and sister Hollie Butcher received the Road Safety Campaigners of the Year Award at road safety charity Brake’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament last Tuesday.
The family began their campaign after Jamie’s killer, who went through a red light and was speeding at twice the limit before hitting Jamie on a pedestrian crossing, was sentenced to just 43 months in prison. He is likely to serve less than two years of the sentence.
Devastated by the driver’s paltry sentence for taking Jamie’s life, they set up a campaign, ‘Justice for Jamie’, calling for tougher sentences for drivers who kill. They went on to seek help from their MP Steve Barclay.
Steve helped them to take the campaign to a national platform by raising the issue in Parliament and helping to set up a petition. He also contacted Brake to get their support and input to the campaign, which calls for the Sentencing Council to review judges’ guidelines and urges the government to consider abolishing the offence of causing death by careless driving.
Steve Green said: “We are delighted to receive the Road Safety Campaigners of the Year Award from Brake, in memory of our son Jamie. This award recognises a lot of hard work, not just by ourselves but by many other people as well. We are hopeful for a positive outcome from the upcoming Sentencing Council review, which should help make sure there are tougher penalties for drivers who kill.”
Jamie’s family are still collecting petition signatures and want to present it prior to the review of sentencing guidelines, which is scheduled to take place later this year. You can sign it at www.stopdangerousdrivers.com