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Tougher terms for dangerous drivers

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Proposals to more than double maximum prison sentences for dangerous drivers have been welcomed by the parents of a toddler who was horrifically injured in a high-speed smash.

Two-year-old Cerys Edwards was left paralysed and having to breathe through a ventilator following a crash with a motorist travelling at over 70mph in a 30mph zone.

Driver Antonio Singh Boparan served just six months of his 21 month sentence.

Since then the toddler's parents, Gareth and Tracey, have campaigned for a change in the law.

Now Justice Secretary Jack Straw has proposed increasing the current two year maximum jail term to five.

But the change, which would require primary legislation, would not come into force until after the general election.

Mr Edwards said: "We will always feel that Boparan got off lightly for what he did to Cerys. We hope that the change in law and the tougher sentencing will make people think twice about driving dangerously and prevent other people from being hurt."

He added: "It's taken 18 months but we finally got there. I always said I'd get this law changed and now we have. It's Cerys's law."

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