12:00PM, Thursday 29 September 2016
A Government consultation on driving-related sentencing powers has been welcomed by the parents of Byrony Hollands, a teenager who was killed by a drunk driver last year.
A petition to the government set up by the road safety charity Brake requesting stronger sentences for drivers has gained more than 17,600 signatures.
A statement from the Ministry of Justice said it would start a consultation by the end of the year, and reinforced the government's commitment to making sure the courts have sufficient powers to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately.
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.
Mark Hollands, dad of the former Cox Green School pupil, said: "We are pleased to see the government has again stated its commitment to start a consultation on driving related sentencing powers before the end of this year, as also announced by Theresa May earlier this month during Prime Minister's Questions.
"We hope that this will be a thorough and effective review that results in those who commit these atrocities receiving custodial sentences that reflect the severity of their crimes. For too long, government has hidden behind the mantra that sentencing is a matter for the courts and that parliament has given the courts robust powers.
"This ignores the fact that after a guilty plea and automatic release after half the remaining sentence, these killers are typically locked up for only third of the headline sentence. In Bryony's case, her killer Thomas Burney will be released after just four years, rather than the 12 years that the judge said he would have handed down if Burney had been convicted after a trial."
Go to petition.parliament.uk/petitions/156369 to sign the petition.
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