Wed, 18 Mar 2015
AN E- PETITION raised by the families of two cyclists killed last year calling for tougher dangerous driving laws have hit the required target number of signatures for the issue to be debated in Parliament.
Father-of-two, 30-year-old John Morland, of Elvaston Way, Tilehurst, and father-of-five, Kris Jarvis, aged 39, of Brocksett Close, Reading, died on February 13 after being hit by a car on the A329 in Purley.
The driver, Alexander Walters, of Purley, found guilty of their deaths, received a 10- year jail sentence and the partner of Mr Jarvis, Tracey Fidler, and of Mr Morland, Hayley Lindsay, have since campaigned to change the law, to make sentences in similar cases, applicable per death.
The e-petition started by the families last year reached its 100,000 signature target yesterday (Wednesday), when Reading West MP, Alok Sharma was also with Miss Fidler in Parliament, for the launch of the Criminal Driving Manifesto, pledges backed by a cross-party group of MPs, aimed at toughening up dangerous driving laws.
Describing Miss Fidler and Miss Lindsay as “Two of the bravest and selfless people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
“Nothing can ever bring back Kris and John, but I hope that their campaigning will mean that in future justice will be properly served for the families of victims.”