Tougher sentencing for killer drivers

The Government has confirmed plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives. Partner Hannah Jones said, “Research has shown that plans to increase maximum sentences has received resounding support from families and campaigners”.

Life sentences will be introduced for those who cause death by dangerous driving and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs and the new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving will be created. Also, drivers who cause death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone could face sentences equivalent to manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life.

The move comes after an overwhelming response to a government consultation which revealed substantial backing for the plans from a wide range of people including victims, bereaved families and road safety experts.

The government’s consultation received 9,000 submissions. Based on the seriousness of the worst cases, the anguish of the victims’ families, and maximum penalties for other serious offences such as manslaughter, the government intends to introduce life sentences of imprisonment for those who wreck lives by driving dangerously, drunk or high on drugs. The measures were confirmed in a government response to the consultation process. The consultation sought views on whether current maximum penalties available to the courts should be increased, and received over 1,000 replies in just three days when launched in December 2016 – reaching more than 9,000 when it closed in February 2017.

As a measure of the seriousness of the issue, in 2016, 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.

If you would like assistance in relation to a driving offence, call Hannah on 02392 820747 for further information.

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