Drivers who kill people through dangerous driving could face life sentences

Last year, 122 people were sentenced by the Courts for causing death by dangerous driving and another 21 were convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

A car or motorbike can be a lethal weapon in the hands of someone who has taken drink or drugs or someone who is consciously speeding or driving recklessly with no consideration for other road users.

Plans have been forwarded by Government ministers to call for dangerous and careless drivers, who kill other road users, to face tougher sentencing.   Whether the fatality was a pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or another vehicle driver, the person who caused the death could face life imprisonment if proven guilty.

It is hoped that, by introducing life sentences, an increase on the current 14 year upper limit, for dangerous drivers who cause fatal accidents whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, the plans will act as another deterrent to irresponsible individuals who choose not to obey the law and cause devastating consequences.

The ministers have made the following recommendations:

  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life
  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life
  • creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, with a maximum sentence of 3 years
  • increasing minimum driving bans for those convicted of causing death

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah commented:

“Killer drivers ruin lives. Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses.

“While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime.

“My message is clear – if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.”

 

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