Widow of Paul Stock in plea to Gloucester people to sign petition to change law on causing death while banned
THE devastated widow of a man killed after a banned driver ran him down has made a heartfelt plea for signatures on petitions to change the law.
Amanda Stock's life changed forever when Graham Godwin's bike hit her husband Paul almost one year ago.
Yet Godwin, of Winnycroft Lane, Matson, who was banned and uninsured, was jailed for just 18 months – no more than a driver who has a licence.
Mrs Stock said she is dealing with the death of "Gloucester's best welder" by pressing for a change in the law with online epetitions.
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"At the moment, getting this done is keeping me going," said Mrs Stock, of Wellesley Street, Tredworth. "This has got to be done - it's the only thing I can do. Anger is driving me and that drives my commitment to get the law changed.
"There needs to be something to get someone like this off the road."
Gloucester MP Richard Graham raised her concerns at Prime Minister's Question Time last week.
Graham Godwin was disqualified from driving, as well as speeding and carrying a passenger on his one-seat motorcycle, when it collided with Paul on March 3.
He pleaded guilty to causing death while driving when disqualified, causing death while not being insured and using a false name to obtain insurance but he also had 12 previous convictions for driving without insurance, nine for driving while disqualified and three for drink driving.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC called him "an absolute menace on the roads."
Mrs Stock is urging people to sign both petitions to increase the sentencing guidelines for causing death while disqualified or uninsured, and to introduce a new charge for causing serious injury while disqualified or uninsured.
To sign, visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk and search for Amanda Stock. Links to the petitions are available from firstname.lastname@example.org