New plans announced by the Government confirmed by the Ministry of Justice


Any driver who causes death by dangerous driving, or for being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will be given a life sentence under new plans announced by the Government.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that any driver who causes death by dangerous driving, for using a mobile phone whilst driving or speeding, could now be handed a sentence similar to that of manslaughter and the maximum penalty will be raised from 14 years to life.

A consultation was launched in 2016 in a bid to change the penalty for the worst vehicle crimes in the UK. Plans were also discussed about introducing life sentences for drivers who cause death whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

New plans announced by the Government confirmed by the Ministry of Justice

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In 2016, more than 1,792 deaths occurred on roads in the UK, an increase of 4% compared to the year before and the highest number in five years.

A total of 157 people were convicted in 2016 for causing death by dangerous driving, whilst another 32 were sentenced for causing death by careless driving.

Under review by the DfT is also is whether cyclists who cause death by dangerous or careless cycling should be handed the same sentence as motorists.

“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,” said Justice Minister Dominic Raab.


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