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M6 victim's family start campaign
Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward died in the crash on the M6 last July
The parents of a pregnant 19-year-old woman killed in a crash on the M6 have started a campaign for tougher penalties for careless drivers.

Rachel Ward, of Bedworth, Warwickshire, died when a Dutch lorry driver in a left-hand drive vehicle hit her car.

Josephus Embregts, 60, from Breda, in the Netherlands, was fined 1,000 and given six points on his licence for careless driving.

Ms Ward's parents are calling for that charge to be an imprisonable offence.

The crash happened on the southbound section of the M6, between junction two at Walsgrave and junction one at Rugby, in July.

'More vigilant'

Ms Ward's father, Tony, said that the points Embregts was given did not apply to him because they would only affect a UK-held driving licence.

Mr Ward said that allowing judges to hand out jail sentences of up to five years for careless driving would encourage people to be more careful on the roads.

He said: "If that change in the law would save just one life, it would make it worth it.

"People need to be more vigilant when driving and I believe this would help."

The family have now set up a petition calling for a change in the law, which they hope to present to MPs.

A rally has also been organised in Bedworth next month to build up more support for the campaign.

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