Calls for Tougher Driving Sentences

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Calls for Tougher Driving Sentences

The RAC has surveyed its members, in anticipation of the second reading of a Private Members’ Bill which is urging politicians to extend the maximum sentence.
The survey showed that:
65% of motorists want to see sentences for death by dangerous driving last more than 14 years
40% of drivers believe courts should have the power to hand out life sentences for the crime
25% consider a sentence between 15 years and life to be more suitable
16% felt the current maximum term of 14 years is sufficient
18% are unsure whether the punishment should change

Violet-Grace Law

The concerted effort in Parliament comes after former Prime Minister Theresa May’s work to introduce the ‘Violet-Grace Law’. Violet-Grace was a 4-year-old girl killed by a driver in a stolen car. The driver was doing 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries. They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. A petition collected 167,506 signatures. The offender received a sentence of nine years and four months in 2017 but may be released as early as next year.


RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams said:
“Drivers we surveyed are crystal clear in their belief that the current maximum sentence that courts can hand down for causing death by dangerous driving is insufficient and doesn’t reflect just how devasting these crimes are.”
“Permitting courts to issue much tougher sentences will send a strong message to motorists and will go some way towards reassuring families of victims killed in collisions that the law is on their side.”
“This Bill is so important – we may still be some way off the Violet-Grace amendment being made, but many people up and down the country will be interested to see the progress that it makes in the hope that one day soon those convicted of these truly terrible crimes will have to spend much longer behind bars.”
Police forces in England and Wales recorded 555 deaths and serious injuries because of dangerous driving in the year to March 2020.

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Calls for Tougher Driving Sentences