07 DEC 2016

Karen Lumley MP welcomes consultation to increase driving penalties

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.

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Statement on Westminster attack


Following the attack on police and members of the public in central London yesterday (Wednesday, 22 March 2017), Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County commented as follows:

"Yesterday was a very sad day for the people of our country, particularly in London, and my first thoughts are with those who were killed or injured and their families.

"Westminster is the seat of one of the oldest and most respected Governments in the world, and upholds values of free speech, liberty, human rights, and the rule of law – values shared by free people around the world. Amongst the bloodshed of yesterday, we must never waiver from our resolve to beat the terrorists.

"I, along with many MPs, actually knew PC Keith Palmer, the policeman who died, because he was often the first friendly face we would see when entering the Parliamentary estate. I often shared a morning joke with him. My deepest sympathies lie with his family and those of others killed or injured."

Karen was not in Parliament yesterday as she is currently still at home in Redditch recovering from her illness.


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