Something for you to do

Early day motion 407

It is not perfect, but do get your MP to sign up to it.

It says:

VICTIMS OF ROAD ACCIDENTS

That this House notes that many victims of road accidents do not feel that the criminal justice system adequately protects or supports them in the aftermath of their case; further notes that it is important that those who have suffered traumatic incidents are given effective and sympathetic support as they attempt to rebuild their lives; welcomes the work of British Cycling and other groups, including CTC, Sustrans, London Cycling Campaign, The Times, Cycling Weekly, RoadPeace and Brake to raise the profile of the issue; and calls on the Ministry of Justice to review carefully the evidence they have submitted and undertake a comprehensive review of each part of the criminal justice system, from crash investigation standards through to sentencing
guidelines, to ensure that it is fairer for cyclists, pedestrians and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads.

The Road Danger Reduction Forum has formally supported the campaign by “British Cycling” (BC) and Cycling Weekly to push this forwards. We are doing this because, as we said at the time:

“Calling for a change in sentencing and associated practices is by no means a vindictive response to casualties resulting from road collisions. It is essential that
those with the potential to endanger their fellow road users – not just cyclists – are aware that inappropriate driving behaviour which can hurt or kill others is unacceptable. Such behaviour should stand a realistic chance of being detected and acted on by all those responsible for law enforcement, with appropriate deterrent sentencing to follow. Achieving this – often by using existing legislation – is necessary to reduce the danger on the road which has led to these collisions occurring in the first place.”

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