The new offence of 'causing serious injury by dangerous driving' has been announced by the Ministry of Justice.
The new offence of 'causing serious injury by dangerous driving' has been announced by the Ministry of Justice. It is part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing, and Punishment of Offenders Bill and relates to England and Wales. Those convicted face up to five years imprisonment. The new law bridges the gap between two existing offences. The most serious is 'causing death by dangerous driving' which can earn perpetrators a fourteen year sentence. Other dangerous driving offences carry a maximum penalty of two years.The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – which works to save lives and reduce injuries – welcomed the new law. Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s Head of Road Safety, said: “RoSPA has previously called for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving to be extended to cover causing serious injury, so we welcome the announcement of a new offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Serious injuries often cause life-long disability for the victims of bad drivers and can fundamentally affect their quality of life and that of their families. To ensure this new law works as intended, it will be absolutely crucial to ensure that it is applied consistently in terms of prosecution and sentencing. We also believe that the offences of causing death by careless driving and causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs should include causing serious injury.”