Minister backs campaign

January 31 2017

JUSTICE Secretary Liz Truss looks set to support a family's campaign to increase the maximum sentence for dangerous driving to a life term.

JUSTICE Secretary Liz Truss looks set to support a family's  campaign to increase the maximum sentence for dangerous driving to a life term.

It follows a tragedy four years ago in which Ross and Clare Simons were killed when the tandem they were riding in Hanham was hit by a speeding car. The driver, Nicholas Lovell, who was disqualified and had 69 previous convictions, was jailed for ten and half years.The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years.  Ross and Clare’s family want to see it made tougher. They met Ms  Truss in Parliament on January 16.  Ross's sister Kelly said: “The Justice Secretary was quite horrified . We asked her if something would be done by the close of this year and she thought it would be sooner. "