Theresa May tells PMQs Ministry of Justice is reviewing dangerous driving laws


James Harrison

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Prime Minister Theresa May has said the Ministry of Justice is reviewing death by dangerous driving laws after the matter was raised at PMQs today.

Mrs May was responding to a question from Labour’s Jim Dowd at today’s session when she appeared to reference Bryony Hollands, a former Cox Green School student who died after being hit by a drunk-driver in Nottingham in August last year.

Mr Dowd had raised concerns about the legislation following the deaths of Rosie Cooper, and her nephew, 10-year-old Makayah McDermott, when they were hit by a car being chased by police last month.

Addressing the Commons session, the Lewisham West and Penge MP said: “While inquiries by police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission are being undertaken I will say no more about the case, other than to ask the Prime Minister if she is aware of 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?”

Bryony Holland's father Mark started campaigning for tougher sentences for criminal drivers after his daughter's killer, Thomas Burney, was jailed for four years in October.

This included joining the charity Brake at the launch of its campaign Roads to Justice in London in July.

Responding to the question, Mrs May said: “I’m aware of the concern 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 her case.

“This is a matter I believe the justice department is looking at.”


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