Stronger laws on criminal driving called for

25th October 2016

Stronger laws on criminal driving called for (image credit: iStock/serggn)

Campaigners for improved social justice have delivered petitions to 10 Downing Street calling on the government to clamp down harder on individuals who break the law while driving.

Two families involved in the Road to Justice campaign from road safety charity Brake have petitioned the government to implement tougher criminal laws for those that kill through dangerous driving, with each receiving more than 100,000 signatures.

Richard and Ceinwen Briddon from west Wales and Lorraine Allaway from Long Preston each lost loved ones to the actions of drivers found guilty of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol, and they are now calling for tougher sentences for these types of offenders in future.

Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, said: "As we have witnessed far too often, there are too many families … who suffer the loss of a loved one in devastating circumstances, and then witness our judicial system turning their back on them."

He added that research carried out by the charity has shown 91 per cent of the UK public agree drivers found guilty of causing death while under the influence of drink or drugs need to be charged with manslaughter, rather than the lesser sentencing alternatives that are available today.

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Serious driving offences need to be treated as such. All drivers have a responsibility to act in accordance with the law when taking to the roads, and people need to be aware there will be serious consequences if they fail to do so."