JUSTICE FOR ROSS AND CLARE SIMONS
Ross and Clare Simons were tragically killed on 27 January 2013 in Hanham when riding on a tandem bike they were knocked down and killed by a driver who was disqualified from driving. That driver also had 11 previous convictions for disqualified driving and four convictions for dangerous driving. He was given the maximum possible sentence, but this amounted to just 10 years and 6 months.This campaign aims to change the law so that drivers who are disqualified from driving and yet commit an offence by dangerous driving should recieve much tougher penalties than currently exist.
This campaign aims to change the law so that repeat offenders who have been banned from driving and yet commit dangerous driving recieve longer sentences. Last year, over 150 drivers who killed did not go to prison at all. Only 37 received more than five years.
Kelly Woodruff, Ross’ sister, who is leading the campaign said:
“we feel cheated by the justice system that does not allow a longer sentence to be imposed for the tragic loss of their lives considering his past convictions.While they will serve a few years in prison, we and those close to Ross and Clare, have been given life sentences.”
Local MP Chris Skidmore, who is backing the campaign said:
“As the local MP for Kingswood, I know how many people were shocked and devastated by Ross and Clare’s death. The law on dangerous driving needs to be changed, and I intend to take this petition to the very top to ensure that there is effective justice for such a tragedy, and that dangerous and banned drivers are kept off the roads and not allowed to offend again.”