Penge MP highlights ‘public concern’ over ‘wholly inadequate’ dangerous driving laws

PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 September 2016

Jim Dowd MP

Jim Dowd MP


Jim Dowd addressed Theresa May during the first PMQs following the recess break

Penge’s MP has called for tougher laws on dangerous driving amid concerns that killers are getting away with soft sentences.

Labour MP Jim Dowd said there was “widespread public concern” that current laws were “wholly inadequate” and called for ministers to order a review into it.

Speaking during the first PMQs following the recess break, Theresa May said the Justice Ministry was looking into the issue.

The exchange came after child actor Makayah McDermott, 10, and his aunt Rozanne Cooper, 34, died when a suspected stolen car ploughed into them in Penge, south east London last week.

Jim Dowd, Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, said the House would want to send its “deepest sympathy” to those involved in the tragedy and called for tougher action.

He said: “Whilst other inquiries, including by the police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, are being undertaken and the matter is now before the courts I’ll say no matter about the specific case.

“Other than to ask the Prime Minister if she is aware at the widespread public concern that the law on causing death by dangerous driving is wholly inadequate?

“And will she undertake a review both of its suitability and its applicability as the courts actually enact it?”

Mrs May indicated that the way the law worked was being re-examined.

She said: “Can I join you in expressing our sympathies to all those who were involved in this terrible accident that took place, this terrible tragedy where this stolen car, as he said, mowed down two people and affected others as well.

“I’m aware of the concern that there is about the law in relation to dangerous driving, I’ve had a particular case about the daughter of some of my constituents who was killed as a result of dangerous driving and they have raised concerns with me specifically about their case.

“And this is a matter that I believe the Justice department is looking at.”

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