Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has organised a meeting for Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay, the fiancées of Kris Jarvis and John Morland, with Prime Minister David Cameron, to discuss sentencing for dangerous drivers.
John Morland and Kris Jarvis were tragically killed in Purley by a reckless driver who was already disqualified from driving, without insurance, in a vehicle taken without consent, was more than two and a half times over the alcohol blood limit, had taken cocaine in the previous 24 hours and was driving at 70 miles per hour in a 30-zone whilst being pursued by police. John and Kris’s killer received just 10 years and three months in prison for his crimes.
Tracey and Hayley, who set up an online petition calling on the Government to introduce consecutive sentencing for each person killed by a dangerous driver, will meet with the Prime Minister on Wednesday 25th February 2015. The petition, which now has almost 70,000 signatures, can be signed online here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911.
The Ministry of Justice is currently reviewing all driving related offences and penalties and have committed to holding an extensive public consultation on the issue of sentencing following that review.
Alok Sharma said: “I am very pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with Tracey and Hayley, giving them an opportunity to make their case for tougher sentencing for dangerous drivers and to further influence the Government’s policy on dangerous driving.”
Alok continued: “The Ministry of Justice are engaged in ongoing discussions with victims as part of their review into driving related offences and I hope that they will publish their proposals for any changes to the law as soon as possible. I will continue to work with Tracey and Hayley to ensure that their voices are heard at the very top of government.”
Tracey Fidler said: “It is absolutely fantastic that we have got a private meeting with the Prime Minister, it is pretty overwhelming. We want to thank everyone who has supported our campaign so far, the help we have received has been amazing and I just hope our petition gets to 100,000 signatures. Hopefully the Prime Minister will give his support too after the meeting.”