YEP Says, January 18: Young drivers must realise their stupidity can lead to tragedy

Natalie Geldard at her graduation.
Natalie Geldard at her graduation.
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Jail terms need to send clear message to reckless motorists.

THERE are any number of reckless drivers whose lack of regard for other road users puts lives in danger on a daily basis.

Thankfully, the vast majority of the time – often more by luck than judgement – their stupidity doesn’t result in a serious accident.

But in the case of Oliver Cowling, Thomas Kay and a 16-year-old who can’t be named because of his age, it did. Their idiotic actions, which saw Cowling and the 16-year-old race against one another, led directly to the tragic death of Natalie Geldard.

The 23-year-old, a former pupil at Boston Spa School, was on the cusp of a bright future.

She had just graduated from Bradford University, had embarked on an exciting career and was about to move into a flat in Leeds city centre with her boyfriend.

All of that was snatched away from her in the blink of an eye – breaking the hearts of all who knew and loved her.

No sentence will bring Natalie back, but it’s to be hoped the terms handed to Cowling, Kay and the third youngster send a clear message to other motorists who show such contempt for the laws of the road.

Young drivers in particular need to realise that a car can be a deadly weapon.

And that they will be held to account when their behaviour endangers not only their lives, but those of innocent road users like Natalie.

A crushing blow for cowboy flytippers

FLYTIPPING is big business. Cowboy operators stand to make serious money taking unwanted waste and dumping it where someone else has to clean it up.

These shady characters are a blight on our communities, often choosing the most scenic spots to tip their rubbish.

Sadly police have been unable to trace the two flytippers spotted dumping waste in Bramham a few months ago. But they did seize the truck they left behind and it’s now been crushed.

Hopefully this pair will eventually be caught.

But in the meantime, at least this means they will have to find another set of wheels.

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