The family of a 12-year-old boy who was killed by a drinkdriver with no licence or insurance called for changes in the law last night after he was jailed for just two months.
Relatives of Jamie Mason said they were astonished when prosecutors dropped a charge of causing death by careless driving against Zambian immigrant Aaron Chisango because of a lack of evidence that he had driven without due care.
Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court was told that Chisango drank a bottle of whisky the night before his Rover 620 was involved in the fatal accident in the city's Cannock Road.
The 27-year-old, who was living in Telford, Shropshire, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to drinkdriving and driving without a licence or insurance.
Jamie's mother Hayley Mason and his stepfather, Steve Leighton, said they were absolutely devastated at learning that Chisango would not be sentenced for causing the death despite being oneanda-half times over the legal alcohol limit.
Mr Leighton said: "We are simple people and we believe he caused Jamie's death by his actions through his driving.
"If he had not got in that car, Jamie would have been alive today," he added.
The schoolboy, a keen footballer, died after the accident near his sister's home on January 8.
A charity which campaigns for the victims of road accidents said the sentence was "obscene" given that Chisango was over the drink-drive limit.
Carole Whittingham, of Support and Care after Road Death and Injury (SCARD), said there should be a criminal charge to substantiate the fact that Chisango had killed a child while drunk.
Mrs Whittingham said: "My heart goes out to this poor boy's family.
"I hear about cases like this all the time and the Government are very good at rhetoric, but in reality very little changes.
"It is sending a completely wrong message to the public that it is acceptable to carry on in this way."