Bryony Hollands' father backs petition calling for tougher sentences for criminal drivers


Emma Billingham

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‘Sign it and share it’ is the plea from the father of Bryony Hollands, who is backing a petition calling for stronger sentences for criminal drivers.

Mark Hollands joined the charity Brake at the launch of its campaign Roads to Justice in London on Monday.

Bryony, 19, was killed last August by a drunk driver who came off the road and struck her while she was walking along the pavement in Nottingham.

The former Cox Green School pupil’s killer, Thomas Burney, was sentenced in October and will serve four years behind bars.

Mark joined five other families at the Houses of Parliament who have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions.

Speaking earlier this week, he said: “Their stories are as equally harrowing and tragic as ours, yet unbelievably at four years, Bryony’s killer will spend longer in prison than any of the others.

“Brake launched a petition which has gained nearly 7,000 signatures since Thursday, but we desperately need more.”

The charity is calling on the Government to immediately review guidelines for both charging and sentencing criminal drivers with a view to increase sentences given.

Mark, who lives in Cox Green, said: “We’re never going to get justice for Bryony, but other families might for their loved ones.

“There’s the promise of review that will happen by the end of the year I will really want to see happen and will be checking and working to see that happen.

“I met with Theresa May MP the week before last at her surgery and she checked her notes and saw it was set to be reviewed by the end of the year.”

Mark is urging people to sign the petition to get the law changed so that sentences are strength-ened for those who kill or seriously injure others while behind the wheel.

Currently it is thought five people a day are killed while on the road.

There are now more than 8,000 signatures on the petition but it needs 10,000 for the Government to respond and 100,000 for Parliament to debate it.

Mark added: “I want people to sign the petition, but also to send it to friends and family. We need a huge number of signatures.”

Go to to sign the petition.


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