IMPORTANT NOTICE - CHANGES IN THE LAW
There have recently been a number of important developments in our road traffic legislation, which include changes to our rules in the Highway Code and clamping down on the use of mobile phones whilst driving.
This is part of the Government’s commitment to ensure that Magistrates and Crown Court Judges have greater sentencing powers to deal with those drivers who seriously injure or kill others. On 28 April 2022, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill received Royal Assent and therefore became an Act of Parliament.
The Act covers a number of different matters but with regard to road traffic offences, the Act introduced the following provisions:
- It will create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless, or inconsiderate, driving, with a maximum penalty of two years’ imprisonment (section 87 of the Act).
- It will increase the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life imprisonment (section 86)
- It will increase the maximum penalty for causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life imprisonment (section 86).
- A new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving
The introduction of the offence of causing serious injury by careless driving is ground breaking.
However, it will require police forces to be extra vigilant and diligent in the way they carry out their investigations. Their approach to serious RTC’s varies with some forces being exceptionally good and some falling far short in the way in which these investigations are carried out. It represents another example of greater emphasis now being placed on the consequences of a collision something which for many years was regarded as inconsequential.
Sadly, with the huge delays in RTC investigation, our crumbling courts and huge delays (which existed before Covid), it will be interesting to see how the new law is implemented and what success it has in reducing on poor driving.
The long awaited and logical extension increase in sentencing for causing death by dangerous driving or causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is to be applauded. In essence it does no more than bring the Courts’ sentencing powers in line with manslaughter. It was always a curious quirk that to kill someone with your car brought about a shorter sentence than killing someone with your hands.
Any alcohol, even a small drink will impair driving ability. The only safe course is not to drink and drive!
To reinforce the dangerous and often fatal consequences of combining drink or drugs with driving, we have compiled many statistics about drink driving to illustrate how lethal it can be - just take a look at the figures on this page.
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THE ALARMING FACTS
- Data from Department for Transport 2018
DRINK DRIVE VIDEO
Rapper 'Jay' has written and recorded a song that highlights the seriousness and consequences of drink driving.