Longer jail terms proposed for drivers who kill and injure

Longer jail terms proposed for drivers who kill and injure

Drivers who kill or seriously injure someone will face tougher sentences under plans announced by the Ministry of Justice.

The new sentencing guidelines follow a government consultation which generated 9,000 responses.

Under the proposals, life sentences will be introduced for dangerous drivers who cause death by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone, and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs. Currently, the maximum penalty is 14 years.

In addition, a new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving will be created.

This new offence, punishable by imprisonment, is intended to "fill a gap in the law and reflect the seriousness of some of the injuries suffered by victims in this category of case," said Justice Minister Dominic Raab.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, described the proposals as "a major victory for the families of victims and charities, including Brake, who have tirelessly campaigned for punishments which better fit road crimes that kill and seriously injure people."

He added: "In addition to tougher penalties, Government must also make road policing a national priority, reversing savage cuts to front-line resources so that laws are properly enforced in the first place. Figures released only last month reveal that almost 1,800 people were killed on British roads last year -- a 4% rise since 2015. There is an urgent need for a road collision investigation branch, similar to those already in existence for air, rail and sea, so that lessons can be learned to prevent future deaths and serious injuries on the roads."

Last year, 157 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 32 convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

Do you think tougher sentences will make drivers take more care?


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Posted 19 October 2017 by Ellie Priestley

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