Traffic Offences Review
Our traffic laws need reform
Over four years ago, in May 2014, the Justice Minister did promise a comprehensive review. In response, the Sentencing Council put on hold its scheduled review of sentencing guidelines for motoring offences.
Since then – and over 8,000 deaths later, there have been a series of piecemeal initiatives but no comprehensive review of ether the law or guidelines for sentencing. Initiatives included:
- MoJ consulted over a few changes
- Maximum lifetime custodial sentences for Causing death by dangerous driving and Causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence
- Mandatory minimum two year driving ban for all causing death by driving offences
- New causing serious injury by careless driving
- Home Office consulted over the need for exemptions for police drivers with careless and dangerous driving
- DfT is now consulting over new causing death/serious injury by cycling.
What RoadPeace wants
We need a review of legal definitions, charging standards and recognition of road death and injury
- Review of careless and dangerous driving legal definition and charging standards to ensure these are fit for purpose and compliments government’s commitment to promoting active travel
- Recognition of road death and injury in road traffic offences, particularly with leaving the scene
These are all long-standing calls for RoadPeace.
We want reform for all—not just the very worst offenders, police drivers or with offenders on cycles. Further piecemeal reform, e.g. the review of cycling offences, will simply delay further the comprehensive review that we need so badly.