Killer drivers face longer sentences of up to 10 years in prison under law reforms

Bournemouth Echo: Killer drivers face longer sentences Killer drivers face longer sentences

DISQUALIFIED drivers who kill behind the wheel will face longer jail terms under tougher sentences announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today.

Moped rider Jade Clark, from Ringwood, died after being hit by banned driver Brian Hampton on the A31 in February 2013.

Hampton was sentenced to six years for causing the death of the popular 16-year-old, and for attempting to cover up his involvement in the crash.

At the time of the collision the railway health and safety consultant was serving a drink drive ban for being three times over the legal limit.

He did not stop at the scene and lied to his wife and to the garage, where he had repairs carried out to his Volvo in a bid to escape detection.

Under the law reforms, set to be introduced next year, offenders defying driving bans will be hit with up to 10 years in prison if they cause a death and up to four years for causing serious injury.

Announcing the changes, Mr Grayling said: “I want to make our roads safer and ensure people who cause harm face tough penalties.

“Disqualified drivers should not be on our roads for good reason. Those who choose to defy a ban imposed by a court and go on to destroy innocent lives must face serious consequences for the terrible impact of their actions.

“Today we are sending a clear message that anyone who does will face much tougher punishment.”

The current maximum sentence faced by a driver who causes death while driving when disqualified is two years in jail, while there is no specific offence of causing serious injury while banned.

Hampton was sentenced to two years for causing death by careless driving and four years for perverting the course of justice, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Mr Grayling has also announced plans for a full review of all driving offences and penalties, which includes offences committed by uninsured and unlicensed drivers.

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3:06am Tue 6 May 14

funkyferret says...

What we actually need more are magistrates who provide stern sentences that include a dissuasive aspect to make others think twice before committing the offences in the first place.
The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years.
Most offenders get 6 yrs or thereabouts.
Why?
What we actually need more are magistrates who provide stern sentences that include a dissuasive aspect to make others think twice before committing the offences in the first place. The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years. Most offenders get 6 yrs or thereabouts. Why? funkyferret
  • Score: 19

6:10am Tue 6 May 14

Understated says...

how can 2 years in jail justify killing a person? its needs to be far far more.
how can 2 years in jail justify killing a person? its needs to be far far more. Understated
  • Score: 12

6:39am Tue 6 May 14

master plan says...

It's a joke I had a trainee working for me once he ran someone over in my van and left the scene(they only had broken bones) I took him straight back and he was dealt with and was given 4years inside. Yet while I visited him in jail he told me his cell mate was in for a similar thing yet had no lience tax or mot and evadaded the police for several months only got a year and they killed the person!!!!
Always think the punishment is to harsh for minor things and minamal for serious things sometimes
It's a joke I had a trainee working for me once he ran someone over in my van and left the scene(they only had broken bones) I took him straight back and he was dealt with and was given 4years inside. Yet while I visited him in jail he told me his cell mate was in for a similar thing yet had no lience tax or mot and evadaded the police for several months only got a year and they killed the person!!!! Always think the punishment is to harsh for minor things and minamal for serious things sometimes master plan
  • Score: 6

7:07am Tue 6 May 14

Dorset Mitch says...

Why have a review in the maximum sentance? Review the minimum sentances and review thier enforcement!

In other recent news you hear about problems with prison spaces, build more prisons then! Certainly dont let mulitple life sentance killers out on day release!!!
Why have a review in the maximum sentance? Review the minimum sentances and review thier enforcement! In other recent news you hear about problems with prison spaces, build more prisons then! Certainly dont let mulitple life sentance killers out on day release!!! Dorset Mitch
  • Score: 10

10:26am Tue 6 May 14

nothingtofear says...

It's always struck me as being wrong that Hampton got only two years for killing Jade yet four years for perverting the course of justice which is somehow seen as the greater offence.
It's always struck me as being wrong that Hampton got only two years for killing Jade yet four years for perverting the course of justice which is somehow seen as the greater offence. nothingtofear
  • Score: 9

10:33am Tue 6 May 14

muscliffman says...

Whilst agreeing entirely with the principle here, we have to note that this involves a UK justice system which has placed a violent thief with THIRTEEN custodial life sentences in an open prison, remains genuinely puzzled that he has disappeared and plans to review it's 'risk assessments' to avoid any repeat incidents...........
Whilst agreeing entirely with the principle here, we have to note that this involves a UK justice system which has placed a violent thief with THIRTEEN custodial life sentences in an open prison, remains genuinely puzzled that he has disappeared and plans to review it's 'risk assessments' to avoid any repeat incidents........... muscliffman
  • Score: 8

11:06am Tue 6 May 14

High Treason says...

Another load of absolute rubbish designed to placate the public over the extremely weak justice system in the UK.
Another load of absolute rubbish designed to placate the public over the extremely weak justice system in the UK. High Treason
  • Score: 6

12:50pm Tue 6 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Pity it cannot be applied retrospectively, and that the law often turns a blind eye to such offences, for example a very well known fatality involving a then Special Constable......
Pity it cannot be applied retrospectively, and that the law often turns a blind eye to such offences, for example a very well known fatality involving a then Special Constable...... speedy231278
  • Score: 1

3:05pm Tue 6 May 14

smhinto says...

Perhaps Monday morning firing squads should be introduced at every Police station for such people and then the families of the perpretrators should be invoiced for the rounds used.
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A simple cure for an ever increasing problem.
Perhaps Monday morning firing squads should be introduced at every Police station for such people and then the families of the perpretrators should be invoiced for the rounds used. . A simple cure for an ever increasing problem. smhinto
  • Score: -1

3:34pm Tue 6 May 14

BoscVegas says...

smhinto wrote:
Perhaps Monday morning firing squads should be introduced at every Police station for such people and then the families of the perpretrators should be invoiced for the rounds used.
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A simple cure for an ever increasing problem.
What police stations? There aren't any.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Monday morning firing squads should be introduced at every Police station for such people and then the families of the perpretrators should be invoiced for the rounds used. . A simple cure for an ever increasing problem.[/p][/quote]What police stations? There aren't any. BoscVegas
  • Score: 3

3:40pm Tue 6 May 14

The Liberal says...

The headline implies that any driver who kills someone will face up to ten years in prison. How appalled I am to learn that this only applies to disqualified drivers! IMHO the latter should get that kind of sentence just for defying their driving ban, never mind killing someone while doing so.
The headline implies that any driver who kills someone will face up to ten years in prison. How appalled I am to learn that this only applies to disqualified drivers! IMHO the latter should get that kind of sentence just for defying their driving ban, never mind killing someone while doing so. The Liberal
  • Score: 2

5:39pm Tue 6 May 14

SympatheticSam says...

Surely reducing the speed limit would sort this out.
Surely reducing the speed limit would sort this out. SympatheticSam
  • Score: -2

6:48pm Tue 6 May 14

MotorbikeSam says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Pity it cannot be applied retrospectively, and that the law often turns a blind eye to such offences, for example a very well known fatality involving a then Special Constable......
haha get your facts right the motorcyclist involved killed himself by selfish riding and a total disregard for the law. SPEED LIMIT SIGNS are there for a reason, the highway code is there for a reason. .
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Pity it cannot be applied retrospectively, and that the law often turns a blind eye to such offences, for example a very well known fatality involving a then Special Constable......[/p][/quote]haha get your facts right the motorcyclist involved killed himself by selfish riding and a total disregard for the law. SPEED LIMIT SIGNS are there for a reason, the highway code is there for a reason. . MotorbikeSam
  • Score: -1

6:57pm Tue 6 May 14

MotorbikeSam says...

Most drivers that causing death are not charged with Causing Death By dangerous driving, even the killer of jade Clark escaped this charge.. if the charge was brought and proven then a14 years sentence is not uncommon...
But why are the law makers twiddling with a law that already exists ? 12 monhts to election day !!
And why do we have to wait for a driver to kill someone before a sentence of 10 years is an option ?? any driver flouting a ban should get 10 years.. You cant kill am innocent road user whilst in prison !!!!!
Most drivers that causing death are not charged with Causing Death By dangerous driving, even the killer of jade Clark escaped this charge.. if the charge was brought and proven then a14 years sentence is not uncommon... But why are the law makers twiddling with a law that already exists ? 12 monhts to election day !! And why do we have to wait for a driver to kill someone before a sentence of 10 years is an option ?? any driver flouting a ban should get 10 years.. You cant kill am innocent road user whilst in prison !!!!! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 1

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