Killer drivers could face life behind bars under new legislation

15 Oct

Motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those who may be handed the maximum punishment.

Thousands of people backed tougher penalties for the most serious road offences in a public consultation after the plans were announced in December last year.

The Government will now push on with the measures, which will see life sentences introduced for those convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs. A new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving is also to be created.

Between December and February, 9,000 replies were received to the public consultation.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab said: “We’ve taken a long hard look at driving sentences, and we received 9,000 submissions to our consultation.

“Based on the seriousness of the worst cases, the anguish of the victims’ families, and maximum penalties for other serious offences such as manslaughter, we intend to introduce life sentences of imprisonment for those who wreck lives by driving dangerously, drunk or high on drugs.”

He added: “We will introduce a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, punishable by imprisonment, to fill a gap in the law and reflect the seriousness of some of the injuries suffered by victims in this category of case.”

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