There is “widespread concern” that current laws on dangerous driving are inadequate, according to an MP.
Labour’s Jim Dowd is calling for a review into laws on dangerous driving amid concerns killers are getting away with soft sentences.
Tragedy sparks concerns
Child actor, 10-year-old Makayah McDermott, and his aunt Rozanne Cooper, 34, were both killed when a suspected stolen car being pursued by police hit them while walking on a pavement in south east London. Makayah’s twin sisters, Niyah and Yahla, 13, and Ms Cooper’s 11-year-old daughter were also injured.
The Justice Ministry is now looking into the issue, Theresa May announced at the first Prime Minister’s questions since the recess break.
Mr Dowd said: “Whilst other inquiries, including by the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, are being undertaken and the matter is now before the courts, I’ll say no more about the specific case.
“Other than to ask the Prime Minister if she is aware at the widespread public concern that the law on causing death by dangerous driving is wholly inadequate?”
The MP for Lewisham West and Penge also asked whether the Prime Minister will review how the current law on death by dangerous driving is applied.
Laws will be looked at
Addressing Mr Dowd’s questions, the PM suggested a review into the application of the law is underway.
Ms May expressed her sympathy to those involved in the terrible accident..
“I’m aware of the concern that there is about the law in relation to dangerous driving,” she said. “I’ve had a particular case about the daughter of some of my constituents who was killed as a result of dangerous driving and they have raised concerns with me specifically about their case.
“And this is a matter that I believe the Justice department is looking at.”
Source: Bromley Times
Date Published: September 27, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown