Government announce tougher sentences for motorists who defy driving bans and cause death crash

Crackdown launched on banned drivers who kill

Crackdown launched on banned drivers who kill

First published in News

DISQUALIFIED drivers who kill behind the wheel will face longer jail terms under tougher sentences announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Under the law reforms, set to be introduced next year, offenders defying driving bans will be hit with up to ten years in prison if they cause a death and up to four years for causing serious injury.

The current maximum sentence faced by a driver who causes death while driving when disqualified is two years in jail, while there is no specific offence of causing serious injury while banned.

Daily Echo:

It comes after moped rider Jade Clark, from Ringwood, died after being hit by banned driver Brian Hampton, above, on the A31 in February 2013.

Hampton was sentenced to six years for causing the death of the popular 16-year-old, and for attempting to cover up his involvement in the crash.

At the time of the collision the railway health and safety consultant was serving a ban for drink-driving.

He did not stop at the scene and lied to his wife and to the garage where he had repairs carried out to his Volvo in a bid to escape detection.

Daily Echo: Jade Clark

Jade Clark

Hampton, a father-of-two from Kent, was sentenced to two years for causing death by careless driving and four years for perverting the course of justice, with the sentences to run consecutively.

Mr Grayling, below, said: “I want to make our roads safer and ensure people who cause harm face tough penalties.

“Disqualified drivers should not be on our roads for good reason. Those who choose to defy a ban imposed by a court and go on to destroy innocent lives must face serious consequences for the terrible impact of their actions.

Daily Echo: Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell and Secretary of State for Justice

“Today we are sending a clear message that anyone who does will face much tougher punishment.”

He also announced plans for a full review of all driving offences and penalties, which includes offences committed by uninsured and unlicensed |drivers.

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8:34am Tue 6 May 14

Ozmosis says...

If people are banned from driving and continue to drive then they should face jail time, regardless of if they kill anyone or not.
If people are banned from driving and continue to drive then they should face jail time, regardless of if they kill anyone or not. Ozmosis
  • Score: 8

9:20am Tue 6 May 14

solents says...

Totally agree.
I would like to see it that if you are banned from driving and get caught back behind the wheel then you automatically lose your licence for 10 years.
Totally agree. I would like to see it that if you are banned from driving and get caught back behind the wheel then you automatically lose your licence for 10 years. solents
  • Score: 1

9:22am Tue 6 May 14

sotonbusdriver says...

banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says.
they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either.
With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it.
Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it
banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says. they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either. With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it. Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 1

9:38am Tue 6 May 14

Reality-man says...

Banned drivers, drink drivers should all be treated the same. If you get behind the wheel whilst either banned or drunk then you should have you license removed permanently You made that choice.
Banned drivers, drink drivers should all be treated the same. If you get behind the wheel whilst either banned or drunk then you should have you license removed permanently You made that choice. Reality-man
  • Score: 3

10:28am Tue 6 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says.
they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either.
With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it.
Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it
And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says. they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either. With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it. Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it[/p][/quote]And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

10:28am Tue 6 May 14

Charlie Bucket says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says.
they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either.
With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it.
Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it
And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says. they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either. With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it. Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it[/p][/quote]And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

10:52am Tue 6 May 14

Torchie1 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
sotonbusdriver wrote:
banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says.
they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either.
With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it.
Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it
And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason.
Try not to take things so literally. Unfortunately it is demonstrated time and again that there are people in society that show total disregard for the laws and other legal niceties that everyone else lives by. Equally worrying is the fact that some people will spend a lifetime trying to love a criminal in to submission rather than accept that they are incapable of understanding any form of reasoning and know that society is powerless to stop them. Personally I believe that all of those that hold these wonderfully liberal views should be on a register so that they can offer accomodation and support, with appropriate government finance, so that all of the killers, perverts, rapists and drunk drivers that don't deserve more robust punishment should be able to live within the stable loving environment of a warm liberally minded family.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: banned drivers, will continue to get behind the wheel, regardless of what the law says. they have been doing for decades and some law changes will be no deterrent either. With modern npr cameras and cctv, they are more likely to get caught, but it will not prevent it. Now those that are banned for drunk driving, having their fingers chopped off, so they could hold a steering wheel might be more effective... But human rights will never allow it[/p][/quote]And thank god we have human rights, otherwise the likes of this fool would be mutilating people left right and centre for the slightest reason.[/p][/quote]Try not to take things so literally. Unfortunately it is demonstrated time and again that there are people in society that show total disregard for the laws and other legal niceties that everyone else lives by. Equally worrying is the fact that some people will spend a lifetime trying to love a criminal in to submission rather than accept that they are incapable of understanding any form of reasoning and know that society is powerless to stop them. Personally I believe that all of those that hold these wonderfully liberal views should be on a register so that they can offer accomodation and support, with appropriate government finance, so that all of the killers, perverts, rapists and drunk drivers that don't deserve more robust punishment should be able to live within the stable loving environment of a warm liberally minded family. Torchie1
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Tue 6 May 14

southamptonadi says...

How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.
How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill. southamptonadi
  • Score: 3

2:48pm Tue 6 May 14

solents says...

southamptonadi wrote:
How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.
My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught?
I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same.
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.[/p][/quote]My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught? I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same. solents
  • Score: 2

4:25pm Tue 6 May 14

From the sidelines says...

solents wrote:
southamptonadi wrote:
How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.
My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught?
I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same.
The inference from your post is that you consider people to have the potential to kill, with vehicle or gun, only if they lack the appropriate paperwork.

This is clearly ridiculous. Try again, and this time think before you press 'Post'.
[quote][p][bold]solents[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.[/p][/quote]My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught? I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same.[/p][/quote]The inference from your post is that you consider people to have the potential to kill, with vehicle or gun, only if they lack the appropriate paperwork. This is clearly ridiculous. Try again, and this time think before you press 'Post'. From the sidelines
  • Score: -1

10:04pm Tue 6 May 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

There should be a MINIMUM prison sentence of 4 years for killing someone on the road.
There should be a MINIMUM prison sentence of 4 years for killing someone on the road. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -1

11:55pm Wed 7 May 14

southamptonadi says...

From the sidelines wrote:
solents wrote:
southamptonadi wrote:
How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.
My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught?
I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same.
The inference from your post is that you consider people to have the potential to kill, with vehicle or gun, only if they lack the appropriate paperwork.

This is clearly ridiculous. Try again, and this time think before you press 'Post'.
Yeah not sure what he's getting at my point is why just disqualified drivers, why not crackdown on all drivers who kill. He's gone of that they should have a crackdown on all disqualified drivers. He's right. Isn't driving while disqualified a prison able offence anyway.

It's the same as most offences in life, judges need to start given the maximum punishment and not the lightest.

Not sure how my post has anything to do with his first post but hey.

Solent I back your stance of tougher punishment for any banned driver as at the moment he can't be harsh enough as so many people do it.

But I think although I may be wrong more people with gun licences kill than those without
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]solents[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: How about tougher sentences for all drivers that kill.[/p][/quote]My point was that if you drive whilst you are disqualified then you have the potential to kill - I don't see that it's right that you only punish a disqualified driver 'IF' they kill - do you think that they should be given a lesser sentence for crashing and not injuring and just a small sentence/fine for driving and being caught? I certainly don't. If you drive whilst disqualified then you are as much as a criminal as you have the potential to kill. If you own a 9mm pistol without a licence then you have potential to kill whether you intended to fire it or not. I see this as the same.[/p][/quote]The inference from your post is that you consider people to have the potential to kill, with vehicle or gun, only if they lack the appropriate paperwork. This is clearly ridiculous. Try again, and this time think before you press 'Post'.[/p][/quote]Yeah not sure what he's getting at my point is why just disqualified drivers, why not crackdown on all drivers who kill. He's gone of that they should have a crackdown on all disqualified drivers. He's right. Isn't driving while disqualified a prison able offence anyway. It's the same as most offences in life, judges need to start given the maximum punishment and not the lightest. Not sure how my post has anything to do with his first post but hey. Solent I back your stance of tougher punishment for any banned driver as at the moment he can't be harsh enough as so many people do it. But I think although I may be wrong more people with gun licences kill than those without southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

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