Killer drivers could face life sentences under new laws set to take effect this week

Killer drivers could face life sentences after new laws come into force this week.

The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is currently 14 years, but new laws will extend it to life.

The changes introduced in the Police, Criminal, Criminal and Judicial Codes come into force on Tuesday.

Careless drivers who kill under the influence of alcohol or drugs also face life imprisonment.

A series of new laws also provide for penalties for assaulting responders and mandatory life sentences for those convicted of involuntary manslaughter for responders. The latter is known as “Harper’s Law” after 28-year-old PC Andrew Harper, who was killed while investigating a burglary in 2019.

And a new criminal offense of causing serious injury through careless driving will allow courts to punish more severely those who inflict long-term injuries.

Meanwhile, athletic coaches and faith leaders are also recognized by law as “trusts,” barring them from engaging in sexual activity with under-18s.

Killer drivers could face life sentences after new laws come into force this week. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, pictured, said:

Killer drivers could face life sentences after new laws come into force this week. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, pictured, said:

Killer drivers could face life sentences after new laws come into force this week. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab, pictured, said: ‘Too many lives have been lost to reckless behavior behind the wheel’

The rule already applies to professionals, including doctors, teachers and carers, but has been extended by the PCSC Act to those who educate, mentor or teach young people in the fields of sports and religion. Such a move was recommended by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, established in 2014 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Dominic Raab, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice, said: “Too many lives have been lost to reckless behavior behind the wheel and families have been devastated. We changed the law so those responsible now face the possibility of life behind bars.’

He added: “Our changes will also increase child safety by ensuring that people cannot use positions of trust in athletic or religious institutions to exploit, nurture or harm vulnerable young people.”

https://www.soundhealthandlastingwealth.com/health/killer-drivers-could-be-given-life-sentences-under-new-laws-set-to-come-into-force-this-week/ Killer drivers could face life sentences under new laws set to take effect this week

Brian Ashcraft

TheHiu.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@thehiu.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button