Leeds MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake
25th January 2016


Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, is the first Westminster MP to be given the accolade of Parliamentarian of the Month in 2016, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Greg’s work fighting for improved justice for the families of people killed in road crashes by criminal driving.

The Leeds North West MP has been working on his Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Private Members’ Bill for some time now and finally got to read the Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12 January under the 10-minute rule. Tireless work by Greg and his team ensured it was backed by 31 MPs and the bill now has the chance to be heard and possibly progress further on 11 March.

Greg Mulholland was spurred into action by the cases of two tragically bereaved families in his constituency and dozens more across the UK who feel badly let down by the overly lenient sentences often given to the drivers who killed their loved ones. The Criminal Driving Bill calls for longer and tougher sentences for those who kill, improvements to the way investigations into the crimes are carried out and better treatment and support for the victims of these crimes and their families.

There is no doubt Mr Mulholland’s campaigning work and refusal to let the subject drop is also informing and influencing the current government review into sentencing for criminal driving that could also mean some tangible change and better “justice for victims” in the next few years.

Brake is campaigning for better justice for both the victims of road crashes and the families of those killed by criminal driving. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #roadstojustice

Gary Rae, Director of communications and campaigns, for Brake, said: “From our work with hundreds of bereaved families whose lives have been torn apart by criminal drivers we know something that makes their loss even harder to bear is a lack of justice. They tell us they often feel insulted that their loved one’s life has seemed to count for so little in the eyes of the law, with sentences far more lenient than if their life had been ended in any other criminal way. Greg Mulholland’s tireless campaigning for more robust investigations, stronger charges and tougher sentences is giving hope to these families. As well as pushing for stronger deterrents against criminal driving in the first place, he is keeping the needs of victims and their loved ones absolutely at the heart of criminal driving laws, which is exactly as it should be.”

Accepting his award, Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, said: “I’m very pleased to have been awarded Brake’s Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month. I want to pay tribute to the campaigning of families who have lost loved ones due to criminal driving; I want to keep campaigning for better justice for victims of criminal drivers and do all I can to ensure government takes up the measures in my Criminal Driving Bill. I also want to thank Brake and its staff for the support they have given to this vital campaign and I look forward to continuing to work with them.”

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

About Direct Line

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