2017-10-26en-GB

Tougher Motoring Penalties On The Way

Causing death by dangerous or careless driving are very serious offences and the sentences are going to get tougher.

There is also likely to be a new offence created of causing serious injury by careless driving.

Further, the Government is looking at a law change to deal with dangerous cycling, so it’s going to be a busy time for everyone involved in this as the changes are brought in.

Ministers have this month confirmed plans to introduce tougher sentences for those who drive irresponsibly and devastate lives.

  • life sentences will be introduced for those who cause death by dangerous driving, and for careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs
  • new offence of causing serious injury through careless driving to be created
  • part of government action to make roads safer for all and stop devastation caused by dangerous drivers and cyclists

Those causing fatalities face life behind bars after plans to increase maximum sentences received resounding support from families and campaigners.

Ministers have confirmed that 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.

Offenders who cause death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs will also face life sentences, and a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving will be created.

The move comes after an overwhelming response 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.

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I regard myself as someone who is a little slow on the uptake and if I either need or wish to properly understand a particular situation or scenario that may impact on my life whether that be today or at some point in my future I will find as much information from as many sources that I can, I then distill it down to the basic facts. On reading the above article on the increasing penalties for various driving offences I have one or two questions and a couple of points A friends son was driving a tractor on a country road and there was a collision between the tractor and a car. The car driver was slightly injured, ultimately my friends son was charged with careless driving which I understand but he was also charged with GBH as well which I do not understand if i go out on a Saturday night and get drunk and decide to beat up some guy because I don't like his T shirt or for what ever reason the point being I want to hit him, I decide to hit him, I hit him . That is G B H But going about my work not intending to hurt anymore have an accident were someone gets hurt I quite simply cannot understand how they are the same. I know that the lawyers the law makers and the multitude of interested parties each of which believe that they know what they are doing, and that by increasing the punishment for a driving offence they will modify a drivers behaviour . A nice thought a wonderful idea it truly is. The only problem is that it doesn't work and never will The numbers don't lie The number of accidents annually for the last 25 years is the same The number of "serious " accidents annually for the last 25 years is the same The only number that has come down is death and that started dropping about 10 to 15 years ago, This drop in has one only one cause There has been a quantum leap in safety engineering in that time airbags, chassis engineering etc If this is a surprise to anyone please check out the statistics your self The simple point is that speed cameras, harsher laws, tv shows following police officers driving brilliantly in their brilliant cars which you must understand is perfectly OK because we are told they have been trained. We see them dispense justice on bad people driving badly in bad cars presumably because they have not been trained But to repeat I am a bit slow so what would I know
Comment by Rob - dth 10 2017
Dangerous driving is very subjective. Hit somebody over the head with an iron bar, it is pretty obvious what is going to happen.. Driving over a speed limit does not necessarily mean dangerous! Especially when speed limits are set on the whims and fancies of local councillors! Many roads are being downgraded from 30mph to 20mph so one day it is acceptable to drive at 30mph and the following day you would be 50% over the speed limit, so suddenly you become a 'dangerous driver'. Is that what justice is all about? Also years of imprisonment also depends on the age of the 'victim'. Younger people are more likely to recover than somebody that is much older. The government may claim 'overwhelming support', that is until it actually happens to the interviewee, where a simple driving mistake can lead to imprisonment. Drunk pedestrians staggering out into the road, people walking across road heads down on the phone, are all seen as 'vulnerable, yet have caused their own accident. As usual it is the blatant intolerance of others being used as part of the governments commitment to make driving as costly and unpleasant as possible with normal citizens being classed as the worse than criminal types because they have a driving licence. Already motoring punishment's are totally disproportionate to actual offences committed.
Comment by Terry Hudson - dth 10 2017
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