Dangerous drivers get 'slap on the wrist' claim IAM

Average sentence for death by careless driving is just 1.3 years

Posted: 12 July 2012
by Visordown News

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THE IAM has revealed thataverage sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is just four years  – 62 per cent shorter than for manslaughter.

The figures have been provided by theMinistry of Justice and show that those sentenced to prison for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving are given an average sentence of 1.3 years. Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs has an average sentence of 4.35 years.

Fines for drink driving are also lower in real terms than they were ten years ago. In 2001 the average fine for drink driving was £203 – the average £240 fine in 2011 was equivalent to just £178 in 2001 prices – a 12.3 per cent decrease.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “Magistrates are handing out fines for drink driving that are less than five per cent of the maximum amount possible, giving the message that drink driving only warrants a slap on the wrist. Only sentences that reflect the seriousness of the crime will act as a proper deterrent.”


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I would like to see the difference between car drivers and motorbike riders for similar offences, somebody once said to me, if you want to kill somebody and get off with it, drink some beer and run them over, your sentence is nowt compared to taking a gun to them, as we have seen so many time, the law is an inconsistent ass.

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 09:11

Is it a case of the Magistrates when sentencing thinking "Ah, but there for the grace of God go I" and adjusting the sentence to reflect this?

Actions have consequences and the consequences should be borne in mind when sentencing across the whole of the judiciary .

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 10:08

British "justice" is a disgrace.

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 23:27

Just when you think the written laws will step up to the plate and give due justice for the crime, all you end up hearing is a load of hot air.

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 05:43

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