Death by dangerous driving sentences are up for debate – Zoe McDonnell & Julie Brodtkorb

07 Sep 2020

Dangerous drivers who cause fatal accidents could face longer jail sentences, as MPs prepare to debate a Private Member’s Bill introduced by Theresa May. The former Prime Minister’s Bill to increase the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life imprisonment is due to get its second reading on 16 October.

Zoe McDonnell and Julie Brodtkorb say that if the bill becomes law, “how it will be addressed by the Scottish Sentencing Council and how many cases there will be where the offence is so serious that the principles and purposes of sentencing can only be met by a life sentence remain to be seen.”

Some 70% of respondents to a UK Government consultation believe the maximum sentence should be increased to life imprisonment.

To read the full article in today's The Scotsman, please click here.

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