Dangerous Driving

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 24th July 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to review the legal definitions for the offences of (a) careless and (b) dangerous driving.

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

In 2016 the government consulted on changes to driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury. In the response to the consultation, published in 2017, the government made clear that it does not propose to make any changes to the legal definitions of careless and dangerous driving. But it does propose to increase the maximum penalties for causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years’ imprisonment to life, and to create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving.

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