As we approach Road Safety Week (21 – 27 November) I was interested to read the Justice Secretary’s recent announcement of a new criminal offence to be introduced in respect of seriously injured victims of dangerous drivers.
Kenneth Clarke has recently announced plans for the introduction of a charge of ‘causing serious injury by dangerous driving’ to punish drivers who inflict serious injury through reckless and irresponsible driving.
The current sanctions regarding ‘dangerous driving’ carry a maximum sentence of two years with the lesser charge of ‘careless driving’ carrying a maximum penalty of a fine and disqualification. However, the new proposed offence of ‘causing serious injury by dangerous driving’ would see drivers facing up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.
Andrew Howard, Head of Road Safety at the AA said: “Dangerous drivers who do so wilfully choose to take risks and should face the consequences of their actions.
“These law changes should make sentences more proportionate to the devastation dangerous driving causes and should also deter people from driving badly.”
The proposed changes will be taken forward as part of the Government’s Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which was introduced to Parliament on 21 June 2011. The Bill is currently in its passage through Parliament and will go through the remaining stages later this month.
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By personal injury claims handler, Dean Callaway