Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in prison

View profile for Spencer Davis
  • Posted
  • Author

Drivers who cause death by dangerous or careless driving could get life in prison under new government proposals. 

In a recent article the BBC reported that Ministers want to bring the offence, which has a maximum sentence of 14 years, in line with manslaughter.

Motorists who cause death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those who could face longer sentences.

Road safety charity Brake welcomed the plans, but is worried the lesser charge of "careless" driving could remain.

Offenders convicted while under the influence of drink or drugs could also be given life sentences.

In 2015, the average custodial sentence for causing death by careless or dangerous driving was just under four years.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said it was "impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one", but he was determined to make sure the punishment fitted the crime.

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

Under separate plans announced earlier this year, the Department of Transport is set to double the punishment for using a mobile phone whilst driving fines will rise from £100 to £200 and penalty points will go up from three to six.

Our highly established Motor Crime Team will be on hand all through the Christmas and New Year period to ensure you get expert representation and achieve the best result should you fall foul of the law! Their objective is quite simple, they work extremely hard to keep their clients on the road... 

If you require legal representation for any motoring offences please contact our specialist Crime Team on either 01245 358894 or bricer@gepp.co.uk.  

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues