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Fantasy vs Fair Punishments

On Road CC we often get posts decrying the sentance handed out to someone who has caused an collision involving a cyclist.

Generally the posts fall into two classes, those which take a deep and considered view of what is seen as shortcomings in our justice system, and those which express frustration with the situation. I call the latter fantasy punishments because they often take the form "he should be hung over a motorway bridge by his testicles". 

What is a fair punishment? Maybe we are just looking at it from our own perspective and are being too severe.
Should the punishment fit the crime? For example should an aggressive driver be made to take a bikeability course up to level3 under the instruction of a regimental sargeant major? (And then hung over a motorway bridge etc..)

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