Press Release: New Dangerous Driving Sentencing Review is a Step Towards Justice for James Gilbey

Today the Government announced a new Consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, including plans to increase the penalties for drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone, to the same level as those charged with manslaughter.

Claire Perry has been campaigning for this change since learning of the death of James Gilbey, son of her Constituents, Major Richard and Mrs Angela Gilbey from Upavon.   James was killed in Leeds by two men racing their cars at 90mph in a 40mph zone, for which the drivers received an eight year sentence with an automatic tariff reduction to four years.

Commenting on the news today Claire said:

“In September I highlighted the inadequate sentences given to the two men who killed James Gilbey and asked why those committing such callous and negligent acts could not receive the same sentences as someone convicted of manslaughter. 

I am really pleased that Ministers have listened to us, and bought forward this Review.  Nothing can bring James back but a change in the law that puts the worst cases of this crime on a level with manslaughter is a step towards achieving Justice for James and his family.”

Notes: 

Claire Perry: Dangerous Driving Penalties Debate - 13 September 2016

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-09-13/debates/16091316000001/DangerousDrivingPenalties

The Consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury is open until 1 February 2017 and can be found here:

https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/driving-offences-causing-death-or-serious-injury/