Time to act on dangerous driving sentences


This week myself and other MPs have written to the Justice Secretary David Gauke MP to urge the government to announce the details of proposed changes to sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving.

As many residents will be aware, I'm fighting in support of the Justice for Joseph campaign, which was set up in memory of Joseph Brown-Lartey who was killed by a driver speeding at 80mph in a 30mph zone in 2014. Joseph's killer was sentenced to just 6 years and expected to serve just half that.

Following pressure from myself and others including Joseph's parents Ian and Dawn and the road safety charity Brake, the government held a public consultation which ended in February 2017, and in October last year they announced their intention to introduce tougher sentences which better reflected the severity of the crime. However since then Ministers have been unable to confirm when they actually intend to change the law.

Myself and other MPs have now written to the Justice Secretary in a bid to finally get the government to bring forward the changes.

Families who have lost loved ones in such tragic circumstances have for too long suffered the added injustice of the killer being handed a derisory sentence.

It’s time for the government to act.


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