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Warning of longer prison sentences for death drivers

Judges being told to impose longer prison sentences

The Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) reported today that the most serious cases where drivers under the influence of drink and drugs cause a death could be liable for a prison sentence up to the maximum of fourteen years.

Motorists who read and write text messages and speak on the mobile phone could face a jail sentence up to seven years it they cause a death. The Ministry of Justice welcomed the warning, with a spokesman saying that ensuring drivers who cause death through bad driving were adequately punished was "essential".

The two new offences to be introduced would be ‘Causing Death by Careless Driving’ and ‘Causing Death by Driving while Unlicensed, Disqualified or uninsured.

Sentencing Guidelines Council

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