MP's plea for tougher sentences for drivers who kill

Bournemouth Echo: MP's plea for tougher sentences for drivers who kill MP's plea for tougher sentences for drivers who kill

Annette Brooke, MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole, has asked the Secretary of State for Justice if he plans to review sentencing for causing death by dangerous driving.

Chris Grayling said the current maximum sentence for the offence was 14 years imprisonment and he has asked the Sentencing Council to look at the guidelines “to ensure that the sentences imposed reflect the seriousness of the offending”.

He added that his department was “considering whether further changes might be necessary to strengthen the law”.

Annette (pictured right) said constituents who lost a close relative to a case of dangerous driving often felt the sentence imposed was inadequate.

She asked the Justice Secretary if he agreed that the outcome of a review “must make a difference to irresponsible driving and the subsequent loss of lives?”

Mr Grayling said he felt strongly that there should be a tougher approach to those who cause death or injury by dangerous driving while disqualified.

“Too often, it turns out that the people who commit such an offence have been disqualified again and again and do not have a licence when it happens.

“That is an area that I am keen to address,” he added.

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1:46pm Thu 26 Dec 13

contric says...

if 14 years is the maximum now how often has someone been sentenced to 14 years answer never time off for guilty plea showing remorse wearing of blue socks watching corrie have been t aking some substance since 3 years old mother never came home till 7 at night guinea pig died when i was 7 got caught in a thunderstorm and i,m traumatised got a bad back my 12th child has colour blindness and so on and so on so increase it to you what you want it is a waste of time if the politicians and judges are so soft and gullible
if 14 years is the maximum now how often has someone been sentenced to 14 years answer never time off for guilty plea showing remorse wearing of blue socks watching corrie have been t aking some substance since 3 years old mother never came home till 7 at night guinea pig died when i was 7 got caught in a thunderstorm and i,m traumatised got a bad back my 12th child has colour blindness and so on and so on so increase it to you what you want it is a waste of time if the politicians and judges are so soft and gullible contric

2:54pm Thu 26 Dec 13

madras says...

Need to look at all offences relating to driving while disqualified / not insured / un-taxed vehicle / etc - seems driving while banned is seen as a minor offence regardless. And yet it so often accompanies other poor driving
Need to look at all offences relating to driving while disqualified / not insured / un-taxed vehicle / etc - seems driving while banned is seen as a minor offence regardless. And yet it so often accompanies other poor driving madras

3:19pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Rabbitman64 says...

We need to remember that the prisons are overcrowded there isn't any more room for these long sentences. Anyway with the state of the country at the moment due to this dreadful government, David and George are going to need any spare capacity in the prisons for any 2014 civil unrest!
We need to remember that the prisons are overcrowded there isn't any more room for these long sentences. Anyway with the state of the country at the moment due to this dreadful government, David and George are going to need any spare capacity in the prisons for any 2014 civil unrest! Rabbitman64

3:42pm Thu 26 Dec 13

contric says...

the prison population went up by one this week with the labour mp mcshane
the prison population went up by one this week with the labour mp mcshane contric

4:37pm Thu 26 Dec 13

psatlast says...

What we need is the American offence of Vehicular Homicide.
What we need is the American offence of Vehicular Homicide. psatlast

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