Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, today used Justice Questions in Parliament to demand a review of dangerous driving offences.
Anna’s question follows the tragic case of 29 year old Redcar father, Alex Everington, who has been left unable to walk or feed himself and without the use of all four limbs. Alex was a passenger in a speeding car being driven by serial dangerous driver Ian Maughan.
Alex’s father Ian came to Anna seeking support to toughen up driving offences.
Speaking in the Commons today, Anna said:
“My constituent 29 year old father Alex Everington was the victim of a road crash which left him paralysed from the neck down.
“His dad Ian said, ‘He can never take care of himself. He will never have a normal life. How do you explain this to his 10 year old child?’
“Ian Maughan was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He had taken cannabis at the time, and had 81 previous offences including a catalogue of motoring offences. At the time of the crash he was banned for careless driving.
“He received just 3 years and 4 months despite destroying Alex’s life.
“Can the minister pledge to look into the effectiveness of driving bans and crucially look again at the length of sentences for dangerous drivers?”
Responding, Justice Minister Sam Gyimah MP agreed there was a case for tougher sentences for dangerous driving and referenced a review currently being conducted by the Government.
Later Anna added:
“Dangerous driving destroys lives and in the worst cases takes it away entirely. In Alex’s case his quality of life has been changed immeasurably but the perpetrator has only received a few years in prison. The punishment certainly does not fit the crime and this must be reformed. I will continue to push the case for tougher sentences and await the results of the government’s review.”