The UK Government has announced proposals to raise the maximum tariff for those who kill whilst driving to a life sentence.
These tough new proposals underline the commitment to making the UK roads as safe as they can be and have wide support in the community from both affected families and campaigners but also the wider public.
Under the proposals 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 maximum tariff for those that cause death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will also be increased to a life sentence.
Dominic Raab, UK Justice Minister and MP for Esher and Walton 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.
The proposals will also see the introduction of a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving of which Raab said;
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.
It is anticipated that the new proposals will be brought forward as soon as parliamentary time allows and will also include the review of cycle safety, under which, only last month, the Department for Transport launched a review of whether causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for cyclists.