Death crash crack­down call

Middleton Guardian - - ARMISTICE ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -

MID­DLE­TON MP Liz McInnes has urged the gov­ern­ment to bring in tougher sen­tences for peo­ple who cause death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

In Oc­to­ber last year, fol­low­ing a long bat­tle by griev­ing fam­i­lies and cam­paign­ers, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced that tougher sen­tences would be in­tro­duced.

How­ever, 12 months on, no ac­tion has been taken, so Ms McInnes has writ­ten to Jus­tice Sec­re­tary David Gauke ask­ing for ac­tion.

A Min­istry of Jus­tice spokesman said: “Killer driv­ers ruin lives and the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that the courts have suf­fi­cient pow­ers to deal with driv­ing of­fences ap­pro­pri­ately and pro­por­tion­ately. We will bring for­ward pro­pos­als for changes in the law as soon as par­lia­men­tary time al­lows.”

How­ever, Ms McInnes said this re­sponse was ‘un­ac­cept­able’ adding: “It lets down the al­ready griev­ing fam­i­lies, and is a par­tic­u­lar in­sult to those who have lost loved ones since Oc­to­ber 2017 and who know that if it weren’t for the gov­ern­ment drag­ging its feet the killer would be serv­ing a sen­tence that fits the crime.

“The gov­ern­ment needs to act now.”

MP Liz McInnes is call­ing for ac­tion on dan­ger driv­ers

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