Blyth Valley MP backing danger driving bill

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell his backing a bill calling for dangerous drivers to face tougher penalties.

The criminal driving (justice for victims) bill was presented in the House of Commons by Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, with Mr Campbell as co-sponsor.

It was supported by 29 further MPs of all parties.

The Lib Dem MP’s bill calls for longer sentences, a redefinition of what constitutes criminal driving, amendments to bail conditions for those accused of such offences and more rigorous investigation standards by the police, as well as better treatment for victims and their families.

Mr Campbell said: “Victims of criminal driving and their families must always have confidence that our legal system will deliver justice, but time and again, they feel let down.

“I was pleased to co-sponsor the criminal driving bill, which calls for tougher sentences, improving investigations and supporting victims better.

“The Government’s review into driving offences is expected to report later this year, and this is a matter I will be watching closely, so we can finally begin to deliver the proper justice that campaigners have long called for.”

Mr Mulholland said: “I greatly welcomed Ronnie Campbell’s support for the criminal driving bill.

“He has campaigned on behalf of families whose lives have been affected by a reckless driver and who feel let down by our legal system.

“With Ronnie’s support, we will continue the campaign for tougher laws until proper justice is delivered.”

Alice Bailey, a campaigns officer at road safety charity Brake, added: “Brake is very pleased to see Ronnie Campbell helping to lead the criminal driving bill and fight for victims of criminal driving and their families.

“We have long believed that our legal system gives them a raw deal, and that’s why it is vital that Parliament brings forward some much-needed changes.

“The bill contains many of these changes, and we hope to continue working with Ronnie Campbell on this hugely important issue.”

According to the most recent government figures, 389 people were killed by dangerous driving last financial year.

An ongoing review by the Ministry of Justice into driving offences is expected to yield a consultation document later this year into potential legislative changes likely to follow in 2017.