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Safety groups back tougher UK penalties for causing a road death

  • February 3, 2017

More than 9,000 people responded to a recent UK Ministry of Justice consultation on proposals to increase prison sentences for people that cause death by dangerous driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The government said the response was one of the largest of any recent consultation and included responses from victims’ groups, bereaved families, road safety organisations and charities.

The proposals include an increase in the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving or driving under the influence of drink or drugs from the current 14 years to life.

A revised law will be announced in the coming months.

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