7 May 2014

UK Sentencing Policy

MAG supports change in government policy over causing death or serious injury while disqualified.

In a move announced today, the Government has changed its policy on causing death or serious injury on the roads through driving while disqualified. Now, if the person who caused an accident leading to someone’s death was found to be already disqualified from driving, then the driver will face up to 10 years in jail.

While it is too late for Brian Hampton whose actions led to the death of Jade Clark in Dorset in 2013, or the many others whose lives have been taken by the actions of someone who should not have been on the road, MAG supports the change. MAG’s National Chairman, John Mitchell says, “MAG has been campaigning for a change to the sentencing guidelines for a long time now and it sees this change as a victory for common sense. MAG will keep the pressure on to change the sentencing guidelines for all cases where someone has caused a death or serious injury by so-called careless or dangerous driving. It is wholly unacceptable that someone who should not be on the road in the first place can cause someone’s death, then get away with a metaphoric slap on the wrist in the form of a short prison term.”

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today announced a review into the sentencing guidelines. MAG is already part of that consultation process, which starts later this year.

John Mitchell
National Chairman
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

1 comment:

Trobairitz said...

At least they are doing something.

It seems in Oregon if someone kills another while driving they are only ever charged when alcohol is involved, otherwise they just get a "failure to maintain lane" or "fail to yield to a traffic control device". Sad really.

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