The Government has launched a consultation on proposed increases to the maximum penalties for offences of 'causing death by dangerous driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs' and 'causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs'.  They are also consulting on the creation of a new offence of 'causing death by careless driving'.

The current maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving or by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is 14 years.  Under the new proposals this could be increased to life imprisonment.  

Justice Minister, Sam Gyimah said “my message is clear – if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence”.

The consultation runs until 1st February 2017.

Hewitts Solicitors have an expert team of Road Traffic lawyers who can advise and assist on any allegation relating to motoring offences.

If you need advice in this area, please contact Callum Terry, Solicitor and Head of Motor and Transport or Freephone 0800 304 7740.

About the author

Callum is the head of the Motor and Transport team.  He is a solicitor with over 15 years of experience dealing with road traffic and transport matters.