Dangerous drivers who kill could get life in prison
British ministers reveal plans to raise upper sentence limit if a driver kills when behind the wheel
Dangerous drivers who kill could be given a life sentence in prison if plans proposed by British ministers are approved.
The new laws would grant judges the power to sentence drivers who kill through speeding, street racing or using a mobile phone behind the wheel to life, ranking their offences as highly as manslaughter.
Drivers convicted of killing while driving under the influence of drink or drugs could also be handed life sentences, removing the current cap of a 14-year sentence for these crimes.
“Killer drivers ruin lives,” said justice minister Sam Gyimah. “Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses. While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime.”
Under new laws, drivers who cause serious injury by dangerous driving could also face up to three years’ imprisonment.
A following statement from the Government emphasised the need to close a ‘gap in the law’ that allowed dangerous drivers to escape with lighter sentences.
Last year, 122 people in Britain were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 21 convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.