Tougher sentences for killer drivers have taken too long says road safety charity Brake, commenting on a bill which has taken three years to reach Parliament.
Under the death by dangerous driving Bill, killer drivers could get life sentences, up from the previous maximum penalty of 14 years. Causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drink or drugs could also result in life sentence.
Brake welcomed the Bill but said the Ministry of Justice pledged reforms in 2017.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “Crash victims have waited three long years for this announcement.
“Years of government inaction have added to the suffering of road victims who have not been delivered the justice they, and their loved ones, deserve.
"The government must now implement these tougher sentences as first priority, delivering on their overdue promise to road crash victims, and then urgently initiate a review of the flawed legal framework for road justice.”
Parents of four-year old Violet-Grace, who was mowed down by a stolen speeding car in 2017, and whose online petition for life sentences for killer drivers gained over 167,000 signatures, said progress had been made.
Speaking to local press in St Helens, father, Glenn Youens, said: “her story has changed the law.”
“I know this is just the start but if other families who lose their loved ones don’t have to suffer the injustice, then it goes a small way to piecing together their broken hearts.”
The government announced life sentences for dangerous drivers in October 2017 as part of plans to clamp down on dangerous, criminal behaviour on UK roads.
The current Bill was heard in Parliament in July, after MP Theresa May introduced it as Private Members Bill. It will have its second reading in October 2019.
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