British ministers have revealed plans to give a life sentence to dangerous drivers who kill.
Drivers who kill through as a result from speeding, street racing or using a mobile phone behind the wheel, could see them face jail for the rest of their life should the new proposed laws go through. This would rank the offences as highly as manslaughter.
Judge Minster Sam Gylmah, said: “Killer drivers ruin lives. While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime.
My message is clear – if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.”
Under current laws, such crimes attract a maximum sentence of 14 years.
Minsters hope the proposed move will see an increase in the punishments faced by those responsible for the most serious road offences.
According to the Ministry of Justice, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 21 convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence.
Under new laws, motorists who cause serious injury by dangerous driving could also face up to three years’ imprisonment.
The relatives of a couple run down in Bristol by a speeding motorist who was already banned from driving have welcomed the announcement.
Ross Simons, 34, and his wife Clare, 30, died in 2013 when their tandem bike was hit by 39-year-old Nicholas Lovell, who had 69 driving convictions and was fleeing police at the time. Lovell was jailed for 10-and-a-half years and is due for release in 2018.
Ross’s sister, Kelly Woodruff, said: “I am so relived and chuffed to pieces that the Government is finally taking this step.
“We have worked so hard the last three years and there is no way I could rest until we had made this positive change.
“I don’t even really feel like I have grieved properly. I feel like everything was put on hold until this change was made. I felt like something good had to come out of something so awful.”