It was an honour to speak at the launch of the RoadPeace West Midlands anthology at St Martins Church in the Bullring.
Over 30 bereaved families have compiled a collection of moving stories in memory of their loved ones lost in road traffic crashes. Each one is a heart-breaking story of loss and all too often it involves drivers who have endangered the lives of others by reckless and dangerous driving.
Since becoming an MP, I have supported numerous families who have seen their loved ones killed in road crashes. I am also determined to make our roads safer, and we successfully campaigned for a change in the law so driving bans begin only after offenders have left prison after the death of Sarah Clark and have called for ‘Poppy’s Law’ after the death of Poppy Arabella Clarke which would mean medical professionals would be legally required to report those who are medically unfit to drive to the DVLA.
We must never accept road deaths as inevitable. Families are torn apart, never to be the same again, because of reckless and dangerous drivers and we must send an unmistakeable message to those who get behind a wheel when they are unfit to do so, or drive irresponsibly or recklessly, that we will not tolerate this behaviour.
Currently, the law is far too lenient. We need tougher sentences for those who cause death on our roads and we must do all we can to prevent more families losing loved ones to road traffic crashes.