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Justice for Victims of Criminal Driving Greg headshot

I, alongside the family of Jamie Still, a victim who was knocked over and killed by a reckless driver on New Years Eve 2010, have been campaigning to bring sense to the criminal procedures for drivers who have caused accidents.

The current legal situation allows drivers who have killed someone by reckless driving to continue driving for months after the incident. For the families of victims, this can understandably cause a significant amount of stress and upset. Although a drink-driving conviction normally invokes an instant driving ban, someone who has killed someone can be allowed to continue driving for months unless prosecutors specifically request an immediate ban. Brake, the national road safety charity, has acknowledged that prosecutors are failing to do this and it should be done so as a matter of course.

With the Jamie Still Campaign and Brake, we believe that an automatic suspension of driving license in the case of causing death by dangerous driving is the best way to resolve this problem.

I laid a parliamentary motion to mark National Road Victory Month in August, and in 2012 I was named Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year by the charity Brake.

In 2014, I hosted a key cross-party summit to discuss how we could achieve justice for victims of dangerous driving. I wanted to highlight the simple changes we should bring to the law in order to give victims of criminal driving and their families justice. In May 2014, Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Justice, announced he was launching a full review of all driving offences and penalties.

The manifesto I produced this year regarding justice for victims of criminal driving received backing from William Hague, the leader of the House. This document was produced by working closely with families of victims, and has also been supported by Brake. My main proposals include tougher punishments for drivers, more support for victims, and improved investigations of collisions. After launching the criminal driving manifesto at the Houses of Parliament in March, I received the Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month award from Brake and the Direct Line Group. My manifesto is now being considered by the Ministry of Justice.

I introduced the "Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Bill" to Parliament on 12 January 2016 and it is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 11 March 2016.

I want to highlight the serious problems with how the justice system deals with criminal driving, and make sure that common-sense changes are made to the law.

Safer Local Roads

To help prevent road accidents, I am working with local residents and local parish councils to push for safer roads across Leeds North West. I want police to listen to our residents and their concerns about local roads.

In connection with my campaign on dangerous driving, I have met with resident groups and the Police to help Leeds move towards safer roads. I am working with residents along King's Road in Bramhope to help make a safer neighbourhood. Some schemes I have helped develop have been implemented and are improving safety in dangerous road areas. We have been able to replace the unrestricted speed limit on Moorland Road with a far more sensible 30mph limit, introduced new speed limits on the Tinshill Estate, and are pushing for Leeds City Council to introduce 20mph zones around schools.

I am continuing to raise awareness of the most dangerous roads in our constituency, and will work with the Police to reach solutions to improve these areas.