Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has secured a Parliamentary debate on sentencing for dangerous driving offences, to take place on Tuesday 4th November 2014.
Alok will use the debate to raise awareness about the tragic case involving two of his constituents, Kris Jarvis and John Morland, who were killed by a reckless driver as they cycled through Purley earlier this year.
At the time of the incident, Alexander Walter was driving without insurance, at 70mph in a 30mph zone, whilst already disqualified from driving, was nearly two and a half times over the alcohol limit and was being pursued by Police. The driver had also taken cocaine less than 24 hours prior to the accident and had 67 previous criminal convictions.
Tracey Fidler and Hayley Lindsay, the fiancées of Kris Jarvis and John Morland, have launched an online petition which calls for the Government to change the law so that in the case of multiple deaths judges can impose a jail term per victim, not just the 14-year maximum. The petition already has more than 24,000 signatures.
Visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911 to sign the petition.
The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has already committed to a review of all driving related offences and penalties, which is expected to conclude early next year.
Alok Sharma said: “I do not believe that the ten year sentence received by Mr Walter was a sufficient punishment for the devastation he caused and I look forward to raising this case in Parliament to try to influence the outcome of the review currently ongoing by the Ministry of Justice.”
Alok continued: “Nothing will ever bring back John and Kris, but I hope that we will be successful in securing a change in the law so that in future similar cases, the punishment better fits the crime.”
Alok’s debate will take place from 4.30pm to 5.00pm in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 4th November.