Eastbourne Urged To Have Say On Sentences For Dangerous Drivers

Monday 9th January 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Caroline Ansell In Commons

Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell is urging us to have our say during a government consultation on sentences for those who cause death by dangerous driving.

Caroline has spoken in Parliament on the issue and is a campaigner for tougher sentences for those who kill while behind the wheel.

Her actions come on the back of the deaths of Maria Smith and Richard Lewis-Clements in Eastbourne by drink and drug driver Jodan Hunt last year.

“It’s clear from a host of cases across the country that the sentences for those who take a life through dangerous driving often receive a prison term that is simply not long enough for such a loss and the grief caused to loved ones left behind,” said Caroline.

“I am pleased the Government is looking closely at this issue and I will contributing to the consultation and urging ministers to act quickly to toughen up sentences for the offence of death by dangerous driving and to look at removing the option of a careless driving charge when a life is lost.

“I will also be asking them to impose a lifetime driving ban on those convicted of the offence, which is not the case at the moment, and a point that causes even more upset for those who lose a family member.

“Of course, no sentence will bring back a life lost but the prison terms the courts should be able to impose must adequately reflect the seriousness of the crime and I believe the majority of the public do not believe this is the case presently.”

The public consultation is now open for comments and it closes on Wednesday 1 February.

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