Dangerous drivers a menace to all of us
THE death of Baz Cottle, thrown from a speeding car driven by his friend, is a sad reminder of how casually some people take the responsibility of getting behind the wheel.
Bristol Crown Court was told that Saad Beg was a friend of Baz. But what friend drives at such a speed in a car he's not allowed to be in control of, with all his passengers not wearing their seatbelts?
Cars can kill even when their drivers and passengers take all the precautions necessary. To ignore common sense at such a breathtaking level, as Beg did, makes you wonder how many other drivers are out there with such callous disregard for their fellow motorists.
The loss of Baz's life is tragic and unnecessary, and is an all-too-familiar story.
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It was only a month ago that Shennie Jaffer was jailed for his reckless actions which included being over the drink drive limit, driving eratically without insurance and, most seriously of all, careering into Bristol's floating harbour, leading to the death of Narmara Whisker, who had only just become a mother.
Jaffer was jailed for six years, and banned from driving for seven. It should have been a lot longer.
Beg was banned from driving for three years.
Clearly, the message on road safety is not getting through. There is a case for far lengthier bans for people prepared to take such foolish risks.