Cycle Campaign News June 2014
From the Editor
Road safety campaigners aren't the only people who think that the justice system is failing both to deter bad driving and to protect the public. It was clear from CTC's sentencing debate on 13th June that there are legal professionals who think very much the same (see headlines below).
Please support our Road Justice campaign by urging the Justice Minister to use the forthcoming review of offences and penalties to stop bad drivers from being treated so leniently - see 'Act now'.
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Urge the Justice Minister to tackle bad driving
Tackling bad driving through the criminal justice system is a complex issue and campaigners face a long hard slog to improve it, but the good news is that the Government has committed to reviewing driving offences and penalties. CTC believes that the Justice Minister Chris Grayling MP should use this opportunity to:
- Emphasise more and longer driving bans as a sentencing option, with prison sentences for the worst offenders i.e. those who drive deliberately dangerously, who are repeat offenders or who flout driving bans;
- End the dismissal of 'dangerous' driving as merely 'careless' driving;
- Launch a public consultation no later than mid-September 2014.
Send a message to the Justice Minister, urging him to make these commitments. It's very easy - we've prepared a standard letter for you.