Today (19/4/2005) in the county court the state vs. Melanie Edwards over the death of Jeff Lording advanced to the next stage. Miss Edwards pleaded guilty to the charge of Culpable Driving causing the death of Geoff Lording. The two charges of Failing to Stop and Failing to Render Assistance were dropped on the condition of this plea. A trial date of the 12th of August has been set for sentencing. Dale Maggs (MRA President) attended with Lording Family members to witness this plea. The state government has also announced today tougher sentencing for who choose to leave the scene of an accident. This is a direct result of public pressure and activity by the MRA. This morning the MRA released to the media a draft policy of appropriate sentencing. These where copies of that given to the Attorney Generals department. This policy is a recommendation put forward to help protect vulnerable road users including rider, pedestrians and others at risk.