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Public road treated like a racetrack.

Anyone who treats the public road like a racetrack should expect to face nothing less than the full force of the law.

To treat a traffic calming measure ( in this case a purpose-built chicane ( as an obstacle to be negotiated as quickly as possible adds a whole new dimension to speed related crimes.

That is why a six-year sentence at Newcastle Crown Court for a driver who killed an elderly man while deliberately speeding through a chicane is to be welcomed.

The sentence will not, obviously, bring back pensioner Norman Hope, whose only crime was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when Keith Caulfield decided to show off in his car.

The result was a tragedy.

Judge Beatrice Bolton's decision sends out exactly the right message.

Public roads are not race tracks and anyone who treats them as such should expect not to be using one for rather a long time.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2004
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