Driving sentence review campaign in Parliament

Published date: 09 January 2014 |
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A CAMPAIGN to introduce longer sentences for serious driving offences has taken a massive step forward in the corridors of power in Westminster.

Justice for Robert was launched after nine-year-old Robert Gaunt, of Overton, died after being hit by a car driven by an unlicensed and uninsured driver in 2009.

The driver, David James Lunn, 61, of Moorland Avenue, Queen’s Park, Wrexham, served 10 months of a 22 month sentence for perverting the course of justice and was banned from driving for four years

More than 3,300 people signed a petition asking for changes to be made to the law and yesterday, Labour MP for Clwyd South, Susan Elan Jones, introduced the Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidelines) Bill.

The bill, which calls on the Secretary of State to undertake a review of the maximum penalties for driving offences that lead to death and serious injury, received no opposition and Ms Jones said she was pleased with the support it had received.

“It went very well and it had no opposition so will now go onto the second leg of the journey,” she said.

“There’s a big difference between the crime and the punishment. The most important thing is to put pressure on the Government as other MPs have brought up related issues.

“I think it’s a great testament to the local campaign in Overton and, while we can’t bring back the life of one young boy, we can try to prevent it happening to others.”

The bill will now go for a second reading at a future date.

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