Driving under Influence

Justice written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to receive the Sentencing Council's review of sentencing guidelines for death by drink-driving; and what discussions he has had with that body on its progress on that programme of work.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government announced on 12 May that we intend to carry out a review of the offences and penalties available for a range of driving offences, including causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs. Any changes to the law arising from this review will need to be considered by the independent Sentencing Council when setting new guidelines. For that reason the Sentencing Council has decided to suspend its consideration of driving offence guidelines until after the conclusion of the Government review.

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