Dangerous Driving Offences (Sentencing)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:49 pm on 4th November 2014.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford 4:49 pm, 4th November 2014

I commend my hon. Friend for taking up this serious issue. Will he join me in requesting that the Crown Prosecution Service considers charging with manslaughter far more often, rather than charging with death by dangerous driving? If a person causes someone’s death by behaving in a grossly negligent or reckless manner anywhere else in society, they are charged with manslaughter. If that happens on the road, however, they are not; they are charged with death by dangerous driving. There is no legal reason why that should be. If a person is convicted of manslaughter, that gives the sentencing court far more powers, and a maximum possible sentence of life, rather than 14 years.