Call for tougher sentences for death drivers
A county MP is backing a campaign for tougher sentences for drivers who kill.
Andrew Bridgen has joined a cross-party call on the Government to review sentencing guidelines and make them tougher on dangerous motorists whose driving leads to someone's death.
It also asks the Government to consider abolishing the lesser offence of causing death by careless driving, so anyone whose bad driving results in a death is prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: "Victims' families often feel let down by the justice system when a dangerous driver who kills a loved one receives a lenient sentence.
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"The maximum sentence of 14 years has never been used and only one in 10 of those convicted went to prison for more than five years. That's why I'm backing this campaign to give drivers who kill the sentences they deserve."
Julie Townsend, of road safety charity Brake, said: "This campaign is crucial because letting off drivers who kill with lenient sentences, or sometimes no jail term at all, implies that driving dangerously, even when it results in loss of life and terrible suffering, is only a minor transgression."