If road crime was treated as a real crime…
… then victims of road traffic crime would be treated as victims of crime. They would have equal rights, including:
- Right to information and support
- Right to be counted and included
- Right to be represented
RoadPeace holds that all road crash victims should be treated as victims of crime, until the contrary is proven
Road crime victims or road crash victims?
This is how other victims of crime are treated. This is also the principle the police adopted with their Road Death Investigation Manual in 2001.
If homicide included culpable road death, then families bereaved by law breaking drivers would qualify for more support. They would be offered a caseworker to help them understand the justice system, as families of murder and manslaughter already are. All bereaved families would also have the right to appeal the charging decision.
Those killed and injured by law breaking drivers would be counted and included in victim of crime surveys and statistics. We would know how many pedestrians had been killed by dangerous drivers, or cyclists injured by drink drivers, or motorcyclists run over by careless drivers.
Victims of road traffic crime would be included in government’s criminal justice strategies and programmes.
But road crime is not treated as crime. Victims of crashes involving criminal convictions do not have the same rights as other victims of crime.