The Ministry of Justice intends to make two changes to the law relating to serious and fatal road traffic offences, Road transport lawyer Tim Ridyard from Ashtons Legal explains what the introduction of these offences mean...
It has been announced that The Ministry of Justice intends to make two changes to the law relating to serious and fatal road traffic offences (16 October 2017):
• a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving
• increasing the maximum term of imprisonment from 14 years to life for offences of:
a) causing death by dangerous driving
b) death by careless driving when unfit
There is to be no change in the legal definition of careless or dangerous driving and the government will be giving further consideration to reviewing minimum disqualification periods.
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