Dangerous driving law change takes step on

Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop
Olivia Lewry (right) and Jasmine Allsop

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A MANIFESTO to deliver proper justice to victims of criminal driving and their families has been backed by Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

This follows debates, events, and Prime Minister’s Questions in which Ms Dinenage pushed the government to bring in tougher sentences for dangerous drivers, and the Get Tough on Danger Drivers campaign by The News.

The manifesto was written by Greg Mulholland MP and based on evidence from the families, working closely with road safety charity Brake.

It sets out a number of changes being called for; from tougher punishments for dangerous drivers, better support for victims, improved investigations of collisions, and many other measures.

Leader of the House and former foreign secretary William Hague was the first minister to give his support on Sunday, calling it ‘a welcome campaign and manifesto’.

Ms Dinenage said she was pleased to back the manifesto as Gosport has suffered ‘tragic losses’ such as Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, pictured, killed when they were hit by drug-driver Samuel Etherington in 2013.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘Tragically young people have been killed and families do not feel they have received justice.

‘I hope ministers will properly look at this manifesto, and listen to families, campaigners and make the meaningful and long-lasting changes that have been called for.’

Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for Brake, said the charity was ‘proud to support the launch of the manifesto.’