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Rally calls for new driving law
Rachel Ward
Ms Ward died in the crash on the M6 last July
Calls for the fast implementation of a new driving law have been made at a campaign rally to remember a pregnant woman killed by a foreign motorist.

Rachel Ward, 19, from Bedworth, 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 on the M6 last July.

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

At present, death by dangerous driving can carry a penalty of imprisonment - but careless driving, even if a fatality occurs, carries only a fine.

The rally heard Rachel's father, union official Tony Ward, and other speakers repeat a call to the government to bring in new legislation quickly to make it punishable by up to five years in jail.

Local MP Mike O'Brien said that following guidance from the judges, the planned legislation on altering the law was now open to public consultation.

"I want to see the law changed this year," he said.

Ms Ward's parents have vowed to continue their campaign until it is successful.



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