Death driv­ers face life in jail

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JMacD1988

KILLER driv­ers in Hal­ton could face life be­hind bars af­ter plans to in­crease max­i­mum sen­tences were an­nounced.

A Min­istry Of Jus­tice (MOJ) spokesman said min­is­ters have con­firmed 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.

Those who cause death by care­less driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs will also face life sen­tences.

A new of­fence of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by care­less driv­ing will also be cre­ated.

The move fol­lows an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to 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.

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.

“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.”

The measures were con­firmed in a Govern­ment re­sponse to a con­sul­ta­tion which sought views on whether cur­rent max­i­mum penal­ties avail­able to the courts should be in­creased, and re­ceived more than 1,000 replies in just three days ● when launched last De­cem­ber.

It reached more than 9,000 when it closed in Fe­bru­ary.

The pro­pos­als in­clude in­creas­ing the max­i­mum penalty for caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing from 14 years to life.

They also in­clude in­creas­ing the max­i­mum penalty for caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing whilst un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life be­hind bars.

The MOJ spokesman said last year 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. Kitchens, Re­place­ment Doors, Sinks, Work­tops, Gran­ite, Quartz, Bed­rooms, Drawer Chests, Gar­den Build­ings & Sheds, Gar­den Fur­ni­ture, Or­na­ments, Ta­ble & Chair Sets, Bath­room Fur­ni­ture Christmas Gifts & Dec­o­ra­tions

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