Prime Minister introduces longer sentences for reckless drivers
According to David Cameron, drivers who cause accidents will now start serving longer sentences in a move that aims at minimising fatal vehicle accidents.
This will be implemented by the Sentencing Council, which will start by updating the rules governing punishment for drivers who cause fatal accident following complains from those whose relatives have died in accidents without punishing the drivers accordingly.
According to the Prime Minister, the driver who was sentenced for 10 years for killing a couple in an accident should have the sentence increased. He made these comments after Chris Skidmore who is the Tory MP brought in the motion about the death of Ross and Claire Simons in an accident that was caused by Nickolas Lovell.
Mr. Lovell who is 38 years was jailed for 10 years, six months after admitting that he killed the pair. Prior to the accident, he had been convicted 11 times for driving when he had a banned license. His other crimes included fleeing the scene of the accident and giving the police false information about whoever was driving the car at the time of the accident.
Mr. Skidmore revealed that a petition to change the sentencing laws had been endorsed by more than 8000 people. Mr. Cameron clearly stated that Mr. Lovell was responsible for cutting short the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Simons, He spoke this while in the commons.
The Prime Minister admitted that reckless driving that led to the killing of 2 people is the worst crime caused by someone convicted for 10 times before and with a banned driving license.
Mr. Cameron also added that Mr. Lovell was sentenced for ten years for an offence whose the maximum prison term should be 14 years. Mr. Cameron said that he would instruct the Sentencing Council to revise the law that governs the punishment for people causing fatal driving crimes.
He also added that special emphasis needs to be put on Mr. Lovell’s case when the law is reviewed. With different cycling groups having been crusading for harsher sentences for killer drivers, the review of this law would revise sentences for drivers causing fatal accident or serious injury.