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Longer prison sentences for disqualified drivers who cause death on roads

Chorley Citizen: Longer prison sentences for disqualified drivers who cause death on roads Longer prison sentences for disqualified drivers who cause death on roads

THE father of a schoolgirl who died after being hit by a banned driver has welcomed tougher sentences for motorists who cause death or series injury when driving while disqualified.

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the law will soon be changed so that disqualified drivers could face 10 years in prison if they caused a death, and up to four years' imprisonment if they caused serious injuries.

The tougher maximum sentences are designed to reflect the impact on victims and their families.

Paul Houston’s daughter Amy, who was 12 at the time, died after being hit by a car when she ran into the road in Newfield Drive, Highercroft, Blackburn, in November, 2003.

The motorist, Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, who was disqualified from driving, ran away from the scene.

He was given a four-month jail term for driving without insurance and while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident. There was no specific law at the time against causing death through driving while disqualified. Amy's family successfully campaigned for a new law, which was dubbed “Amy's Law” in Parliament.

It created the offence of ‘causing death while driving unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured’, and the current maximum sentence facing a driver who causes death while driving when disqualified is two years' imprisonment.

There is no specific offence of causing serious injury by driving while disqualified.

Paul, 45, from Oswaldtwistle, said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“We were hopeful they would raise it and they have.

“I’m normally critical of judges and MPs but on this occassion they’ve got it absolutely spot’on. Death is probably one of the greatest crimes you can commit in our society and the punishment should reflect that.

“At the moment it’s a bit low.

“If you’re driving while disqualified your driving ability is not considered to be safe, and you were told not to do it.”

Blackburn MP Jack Straw said: “The sentences have gradually increased over the years and I’m certainly keen on strengthening the sentences.

“At the time there was a shortage of prison places, but it’s eased a little.

“They’ve got some more headroom.”

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5:57pm Wed 7 May 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

I hope this gives you a bit more peace Paul, unfortunately the scum bag that ruined your life is still here still free, disgraceful.
I hope this gives you a bit more peace Paul, unfortunately the scum bag that ruined your life is still here still free, disgraceful. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 30

6:15pm Wed 7 May 14

HarryBosch says...

There should also be a minimum 2yr sentence merely for driving while unlicensed or disqualified. Waiting until they cause death or serious injury is simply closing the door after the horse has bolted.
There should also be a minimum 2yr sentence merely for driving while unlicensed or disqualified. Waiting until they cause death or serious injury is simply closing the door after the horse has bolted. HarryBosch
  • Score: 29

10:19pm Wed 7 May 14

zabby says...

Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers
Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers zabby
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Wed 7 May 14

jaffa90 says...

Evict to a remote island as in Aussie.
Evict to a remote island as in Aussie. jaffa90
  • Score: 3

11:11pm Wed 7 May 14

Good call says...

zabby wrote:
Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers
Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers[/p][/quote]Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense. Good call
  • Score: -6

11:28pm Wed 7 May 14

noddy57 says...

This increase goes some way to addressing the problem but for the victims and their families left behind its still not enough and will never be enough just ask the families who have lost love ones to these toe rags.
This increase goes some way to addressing the problem but for the victims and their families left behind its still not enough and will never be enough just ask the families who have lost love ones to these toe rags. noddy57
  • Score: 7

1:13am Thu 8 May 14

fireonthemountain says...

Evening good people .

Personally , I am sick and tired of vermin getting away with a slap on the wrists . They laugh at us . They cause mayhem , steal cars , drive without
insurance , driving licenses , deal in drugs , cheat and lie to obtain benefits , and when caught claim human rights .

Solution - severe custodial sentences . Preferably in a prison on bread and water , with no electricity . Then - If not a resident of this counry - deported .

Yes I mean this .

The liberal-bleeding-hea
rts will doubtless whine at my opinions .

But let us look at this in more detail .

Drop litter in Singapore ? - JAIL .

Found with drugs (even a spliff) in Thailand ? - JAIL .

Hey - guess what - people don't drop litter in Singapore .
They don't carry drugs in Thailand .

Go to jail in Russia - no visitors - no mail - no phone calls . Ever .

In England - well , you all know . Easy life , holiday camp .

New rules from Chris Grayling ?
Rubbish .
Heard it all before - five years for carrying a knife ? Yeah right ,

Mr Houston - Paul - I am genuinely sad for your loss .

I would have that **** in a harsh prison , counting down the days
to his execution .

Paul - I know it's not much consolation - but to quote .

"To live in the hearts of those you leave behind , is not to die " .
Evening good people . Personally , I am sick and tired of vermin getting away with a slap on the wrists . They laugh at us . They cause mayhem , steal cars , drive without insurance , driving licenses , deal in drugs , cheat and lie to obtain benefits , and when caught claim human rights . Solution - severe custodial sentences . Preferably in a prison on bread and water , with no electricity . Then - If not a resident of this counry - deported . Yes I mean this . The liberal-bleeding-hea rts will doubtless whine at my opinions . But let us look at this in more detail . Drop litter in Singapore ? - JAIL . Found with drugs (even a spliff) in Thailand ? - JAIL . Hey - guess what - people don't drop litter in Singapore . They don't carry drugs in Thailand . Go to jail in Russia - no visitors - no mail - no phone calls . Ever . In England - well , you all know . Easy life , holiday camp . New rules from Chris Grayling ? Rubbish . Heard it all before - five years for carrying a knife ? Yeah right , Mr Houston - Paul - I am genuinely sad for your loss . I would have that **** in a harsh prison , counting down the days to his execution . Paul - I know it's not much consolation - but to quote . "To live in the hearts of those you leave behind , is not to die " . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 6

6:31am Thu 8 May 14

wilddog says...

Good call wrote:
zabby wrote:
Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers
Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense.
Hang on..................
.................If you intend to drive when banned then,sorry to intend to kill also! regardless if its meant or not as you should not be in that position in the 1st place as you are banned! Jail terms aint long enough nor is the fact they get there license back after a while. A ban should mean a life ban not just a year or two!
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers[/p][/quote]Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense.[/p][/quote]Hang on.................. .................If you intend to drive when banned then,sorry to intend to kill also! regardless if its meant or not as you should not be in that position in the 1st place as you are banned! Jail terms aint long enough nor is the fact they get there license back after a while. A ban should mean a life ban not just a year or two! wilddog
  • Score: 3

7:07am Thu 8 May 14

Pyewacket2 says...

who cause death or series injury when driving while disqualified.

Or even serious injury !!
who cause death or series injury when driving while disqualified. Or even serious injury !! Pyewacket2
  • Score: -4

7:57am Thu 8 May 14

TONY WALES says...

Yet another election grabbing headline to try to get more votes.
Another empty promise the courts will still carry on giving out soft sentences
The accused will still leave court laughing all the way to the pub at being given a suspended sentence
Yet another election grabbing headline to try to get more votes. Another empty promise the courts will still carry on giving out soft sentences The accused will still leave court laughing all the way to the pub at being given a suspended sentence TONY WALES
  • Score: 3

8:27am Thu 8 May 14

greenscreener says...

wilddog wrote:
Good call wrote:
zabby wrote:
Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers
Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense.
Hang on..................

.................If you intend to drive when banned then,sorry to intend to kill also! regardless if its meant or not as you should not be in that position in the 1st place as you are banned! Jail terms aint long enough nor is the fact they get there license back after a while. A ban should mean a life ban not just a year or two!
That's a pretty stupid comment.

Zabby doesn't understand the law but you don't appear to understand the English language or the rules of logic.
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: Should be charged with murder,along with drink drivers[/p][/quote]Murder is where someone INTENDS to take a life, not when someone commits an offence that UNINTENTIONALLY leads to loss of life. Do learn some basic law instead of coming on here spouting nonsense.[/p][/quote]Hang on.................. .................If you intend to drive when banned then,sorry to intend to kill also! regardless if its meant or not as you should not be in that position in the 1st place as you are banned! Jail terms aint long enough nor is the fact they get there license back after a while. A ban should mean a life ban not just a year or two![/p][/quote]That's a pretty stupid comment. Zabby doesn't understand the law but you don't appear to understand the English language or the rules of logic. greenscreener
  • Score: 1

9:00am Thu 8 May 14

zabby says...

Good call it's not an accident when you drink and drive,you're playing Russian roulette ,why don't you stop talking crap
Good call it's not an accident when you drink and drive,you're playing Russian roulette ,why don't you stop talking crap zabby
  • Score: 2

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