Kettering MP calls for tougher driving bans

Stephen Donnelly and Mandi Gold who died in a crash on the A14
Stephen Donnelly and Mandi Gold who died in a crash on the A14

An MP has called for a change in the way driving bans are imposed following the death of a young couple in June.

Stephen Donnelly, 26, and Mandy Gold, 21, were killed on the A14 when drink driver William Wilson crashed into their car.

He was jailed for eight years and given a 10-year concurrent driving ban.

Speaking in Parliament this month, MP Philip Hollobone called for a rethink in cases where defendants would spend the majority of the ban behind bars.

Stephen’s parents Mark and Sue said: “We felt it inappropriate that the 10-year driving ban which Mr Wilson also received should run concurrently rather than consecutively.

“It is our view that anyone who chooses to drink or take drugs while driving, who then causes death by dangerous driving, cannot be trusted to drive a vehicle safely on a public road.

“A 10-year ban to start once the offender has served their sentence would act as a sufficient deterrent to others.

“There is a strong case for a lifetime driving ban in such instances. We would support Mr Hollobone in any moves to amend the law in this way.

“We hold no ill-will towards Mr Wilson for killing our son, indeed we are able to forgive him because of the forgiveness we receive through Jesus Christ.”