Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, has welcome the announcement this week (5 December 2016) that the Government is to consult on possible changes to penalties for those who kill or cause serious injury on the roads.
The consultation proposes raising the maximum penalties for some of the most serious driving offences and to create a new offence of 'causing serious injury by careless driving'.
The consultation addresses four main issues: The distinction between 'careless' and 'dangerous' driving, a perceived "gap in the law" for causing serious injury by careless driving, the maximum penalties for causing death and driving disqualifications.
Karen said: "Most of the time, the vast majority of drivers drive well, but there are occasions when even an error of judgment or loss of attention can have devastating consequences.
"There are constituents of mine, one who got in touch with me very recently about her brother who was killed in a road traffic accident, that this affects and I know it devastates families, and so I am very pleased the Government is committed to ensuring the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender."
This consultation is available as follows:
It ends on 1 February 2017.
Staff from my office have been busy organising two Pensioners' Advice & Information Fairs – one-stop shops to introduce support, voluntary and other relevant services and organisations to those of pensionable age in Redditch.
I have already hosted three very successful Jobs Fairs, an Apprenticeships and Skills Fair and a Charity Funding Fair, and the Pensioners Fairs are set to follow in the wake of their accomplishments.
So far around 20 organisations have confirmed their attendance at two events which are set to take place as follows:
Friday, 3 March, 10am-12pm at the Rocklands Social Club, Birchfield Road, Headless Cross B97 4LB
Friday, 17 March, 10am-12pm at the Mettis (formerly HDA) Social Club in Cherry Tree Walk, Batchley B97 6PB
Youngsters starting University have Freshers' Fairs and for those seeking employment I run regular Jobs' Fairs, so I wanted to replicate this successful concept for my older constituents who may not be aware of the fantastic breadth of organisations out there with services they may find valuable.
The idea is to bring together, under one roof, a mix of statutory, voluntary and activity-based bodies who can showcase their services.
Organisations confirmed as taking part are: Act on Energy, Age UK, Citizens Advice, Council Electoral Services, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, The National Trust, West Mercia Police, Home Instead, Carers Careline, Redditch Association for the Blind, Healthwatch Worcestershire, Care & Repair Worcestershire, Redditch Borough Council Health Improvement, The Alzheimer's Society, Severn Trent Water, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening and Trading Standards.
Admission to both events is free and refreshments will be provided as well.
Get in touch with Karen's office if you'd like to meet with her. Due to high demand surgeries are by appointment only to make sure there is time to give every case the attention needed.
See her upcoming surgery dates here.