Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th April 2018.

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Photo of Judith Cummins Judith Cummins Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the press release entitled Life sentences for killer drivers, published by his Department on 15 October 2017, what progress he has made on (a) implementing an increase to the maximum penalty for the offences of causing death by (i) dangerous driving and (ii) careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to life imprisonment and (b) creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The government is committed to making sure that the courts have sufficient powers to deal with driving offences appropriately and proportionately.

We will bring forward proposals for changes in the law as soon as parliamentary time allows. These proposals will take account of, and incorporate, all of government’s proposals for safer roads, including those arising from the Department of Transport’s review of cycle safety.

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