Road traffic accidents - new driving offences announced
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The government announced new measures to tackle accidents on the roads today.
Several new offences were announced, including causing death by careless driving which will carry a penalty of up to five years' imprisonment, and causing death when driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured, with a penalty of up to two years' imprisonment.
The measures are part of The Road Safety Bill, which addresses the Government's road safety target of reducing deaths and serious injuries
"These new offences will make it harder for drivers to get away with dangerous driving, and to realise that it can have very serious consequences. I hope the measures will cause drivers to think more carefully and to help reduce the number of accidents on our roads, by 2010," said specialist road traffic accident solicitor Jonathan Betts.
Introducing the legislation, Criminal Justice Minister Fiona Mactaggart said:
"We're responding to the concerns of families, victims, road safety groups and the police who responded to our consultation by calling for measures to deal with careless driving that reflect the impact it can have. That's why we're creating a tougher legal framework to deal with bad driving."
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