The family of a motorcyclist who died after a fatal road traffic collision in Norfolk is calling for a radical change in the law to prevent appeals by drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.
Matthew Thompson, 32, from Wimbotsham, died in hospital in February 2013 after his motorcycle collided with a car being driven by a 58 year old woman from King’s Lynn. The defendant, who pulled out of a junction, pleaded guilty to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
After being sentenced to a two-year driving ban and 120 hours unpaid community work, the defendant appealed against the driving ban, prompting the family of Mr Thompson to call for the new laws.
Yvonne Thompson, Matthew’s mother, said:
“We maintained a dignified silence during the legal proceedings. We understand this was an accident. But when she went to appeal it was the most painful thing ever. It brought back all the pain when we were trying to put it all behind us.”
After commencing an e-petition on the government’s website to try and prevent appeals following the taking of a life due to dangerous driving, the Thompson family have already obtained more than 20,000 signatures with the view of reaching 100,000 signatures by the end of December.
In addition to this, there is also a paper petition looking to change the law so anyone guilty of causing death by driving receives a mandatory two-year driving ban and a driver awareness course.
“We really would like to stop others suffering as we have,” Mrs Thompson said.
This comes the same week as 30-year-old man has admitted causing the death of a 62-year-old woman by dangerous driving on the Isle of Man on 26th April this year.