The government recognises that there is public concern about sentencing for offenders who kill or seriously injure others on the road and is committed to making sure that the legislative framework that the courts operate within reflects the seriousness of offending and the culpability of the offender.
Most of the time, the vast majority of drivers drive well. However, sometimes even an error of judgment or loss of attention can have devastating consequences. As a general principle, the criminal law needs to take into account not only the harm caused, but also the level of blame of the offender, and sentences must be a matter for the judge to determine in individual cases, based on the full facts of the case and of the offender before them.
The government is committed to ensuring that deaths or serious injuries on the road continue to fall, and that where they are the result of criminal behaviour, the right tools are available to deliver justice.
Your views are welcome on the following issues which are addressed in this consultation:
The distinction between 'careless' and 'dangerous' driving
A perceived 'gap in the law' for causing serious injury by careless driving