UK announces tougher sentences for killer drivers

Published Sun, 15/10/2017 - 06:54

Drivers who cause death by dangerous driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs could now face life in jail under Government plans.

The maximum sentence for causing death by speeding, racing, or using a mobile phone will be raised from 14 years to life, making the offence equivalent to manslaughter.

A separate offence, causing death by driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs, will also rise from 14 years to life. 

The Government will also create a new offence, causing injury by careless driving, with the maximum sentence still to be decided.

The new measures are being introduced after a government consultation on penalties relating to driving related deaths and serious injuries.