New law urged for dangerous driving

(from the BBC Democracy site)

MPs from across the political spectrum have appealed for tougher sentencing of people who cause death or serious injury by dangerous driving.

Conservative Chris Skidmore called for a new offence of causing death by dangerous driving while disqualified, as he led a backbench debate on the subject on 27 January 2014.

He said this would mean families whose loved ones die at the hands of a banned driver do not have their pain worsened because the culprit gets a short sentence.

Mr Skidmore has campaigned on this issue since two of his Bristol constituents, Ross and Clare Simons, were killed exactly one year ago after being knocked from their tandem bike.

The man responsible, Nicky Lovell, who had previous convictions for driving while disqualified, received a ten year sentence. Mr Skidmore said he could be freed in six years.

The Bristol MP argued that such a law change would act as a deterrent for persistent driving offenders and also ensure they are in prison for longer.”

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