Dangerous drivers who kill could face life in prison

5 December 2016

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.

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