As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle on August 9th, Stephanie has met with the road safety charity Brake to continue her campaign to increase the maximum sentence for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
The meeting took place in Parliament and gave the MP the chance to discuss how she can work alongside the charity to push the Government to make the changes.
Peacock’s campaign comes after the tragic death of Brierley resident Jacqueline Wileman, who was killed in 2017 by four men driving a stolen HGV lorry.
Working with Jacqueline’s family and brother Johnny Wood, the MP secured a commitment from the Government to increase the maximum sentences that can be handed out to those found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, following the sentences given to those responsible for Jacqueline’s death.
The MP recently coordinated a Parliamentary meeting between the now-Justice Secretary Robert Buckland MP and Johnny.
However, despite reaffirming their pledge to increasing maximum sentences, the Secretary of State was unable to provide any date to do so.
Following the meeting, press reports emerged over the Government’s intention to increase sentences, and the Barnsley MP has written to the Justice Secretary to confirm the Government’s pledge to do so. ar
Peacock has subsequently met with the road safety charity, and committed to working alongside them to continue pressing the Government to make changes to the sentencing regulations.
Commenting, she said:
“Following the tragic death of Jacqueline Wileman, her family have bravely campaigned to increase the maximum sentencing for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.
“The Government have committed to do so, but continue to drag their feet in bringing forward the necessary legislation required to make the changes.
“Following my meeting with Brake, I’ll work alongside them and continue to push the Government to increase the sentences and provide justice for Jackie and her family.”