Longer jail terms for dangerous drivers proposed

Dangerous drivers could face longer jail terms under a proposal to go before Parliament according to the BBC.

The new crime of causing serious injury by dangerous driving will carry a maximum sentence of five years.

Most people jailed for dangerous driving receive sentences of less than two years.

The proposed new crime will be an amendment in the government’s mammoth sentencing and rehabilitation bill.

Dangerous driving offences can be difficult to prosecute because it can be hard to prove that an injury was caused by a brief lapse in concentration.

Last year, more than 2,000 drivers were convicted of dangerous driving and 175 of causing death by dangerous driving.

The proposed new offence has been designed to fill a gap between standard dangerous driving charges and the death offence.The maximum jail term for dangerous driving is two years – while those who kill through their mistakes behind the wheel can face up to 14 years.

While the lower sentence is thought to cover most acts of dangerous driving, road safety campaigners have long argued that there needs to be tougher jail terms for drivers who cause life-changing serious injuries.

The proposed new offence will be triable at both magistrates and crown courts and drivers could also face an unlimited fine alongside a jail term.

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said: “We have listened to the victims of dangerous drivers, their families, MPs, judges and road safety groups and their experiences have directly informed these changes.

“Making our roads safer is a priority – five people died on our roads each day last year, so we need to do everything we can to further improve safety.”

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