The new rule which could see killer drivers jailed for life
A change in sentencing rules coming in this week could mean that killer drivers will be sentenced to life in prison. It gives judges the power to hand full life sentences to dangerous drivers who kill and careless drivers who kill while under the influence of drink or drugs.
Previously, the maximum prison sentence handed to such drivers was 14 years, making this a huge change. The new sentencing will come into force on Tuesday as a result of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act.
The reform has also created a new offence for those who cause serious injury through careless driving meaning those who inflict long-term or permanent injuries also face tougher sentences. Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab said: “Too many lives have been lost to reckless behaviour behind the wheel, devastating families,” WalesOnline report.
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He continued: “We have changed the law so that those responsible will now face the possibility of life behind bars”. Changes are also coming in to allow judges to grant people with hearing loss the additional support of sign language interpreters during jury deliberations.
Before this change, only the 12 sworn jurors were permitted to enter deliberation rooms meaning those who have hearing loss were unable to participate. Mr Raab added: “The right to be judged by your peers dates back to Magna Carta, and is a cornerstone of our justice system. We’re changing the law so that many more deaf people have the opportunity to carry out this important civic duty.”