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Road Traffic Offences: Sentencing

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 909940, tabled on 8 December 2020

What assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of increasing sentences for driving offences.

Answered on

8 December 2020

Whilst many deaths and injuries are the result of a tragic accident, too many of these incidents involve criminal behaviour. Every avoidable death is one too many.

The government has committed to bring forward changes to ensure the courts have the powers they need to deal with those drivers who kill by dangerous driving or where they are over the limits for alcohol and drugs.

The Department want to close a loophole in the law that fails to recognise the harm caused where drivers cause serious injury by their careless driving.

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