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Increased sentencing for dangerous drivers will prove ‘worthwhile deterrent’

Ministry of Justice changes that mean dangerous drivers who kill while using their mobile phones or speeding could now get life sentences are likely to prove a ‘worthwhile deterrent’ but higher-profile roads policing is needed to cut down on careless driving.

Increased sentencing for dangerous drivers will prove ‘worthwhile deterrent’

Increased sentencing for dangerous drivers will prove ‘worthwhile deterrent’

So says GEM Motoring Assist as the new sentencing changes mean dangerous drivers could face the same length of sentence as those convicted of manslaughter, with maximum penalties raised from 14 years to life.

Road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “We are all familiar with the tragic examples where a killer driver is convicted but receives only a short sentence or even just a driving ban and a fine. Too often victims and their families have been let down, even after having their lives shattered by the selfish and reckless acts of an irresponsible driver.

“We believe the tougher sentences will help bring an end to these situations. After all, a culpable death should be treated as manslaughter, however it may be caused.”

GEM also outlined its support for the proposal to introduce three-year prison sentences for careless drivers causing serious injury but Worth added: “In order for the tougher sentences to be effective, we do also need a higher-visibility police presence on our roads.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.