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Killer drivers could be given life sentences under new laws set to come into force this week

Killer drivers could face life sentences under new laws coming into effect this week, while new offenses will allow courts to impose tougher sentences on those who cause permanent harm

  • Careless drivers who kill while intoxicated can also get life sentences
  • Sports coaches and faith leaders will be legally recognized as having a ‘position of trust’, which will prohibit them from engaging in sexual activity with young people under the age of 18
  • Justice Sec Dominic Raab: ‘Too many lives lost due to reckless behaviour’

Murderous drivers could face life sentences after new laws go into effect this week.

The maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving is currently 14 years, but it will be extended to life under new legislation.

The changes, introduced in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, will take effect on Tuesday.

Careless drivers who kill under the influence of alcohol or drugs also risk life sentences.

A series of new laws also include penalties for assaulting aid workers and mandatory life sentences for those convicted of manslaughter against aid workers. The latter is known as ‘Harper’s Law’ after PC Andrew Harper, 28, who was killed in 2019 while investigating a burglary.

And a new offense of causing serious injury through careless driving will allow courts to punish those who inflict long-term injuries more severely.

Meanwhile, sports coaches and faith leaders will also be legally recognized as “positions of trust,” barring them from sexual activity with young people under the age of 18.

Murderous drivers could face life sentences after new laws go into effect this week.  Justice Minister Dominic Raab, pictured, said:

Murderous drivers could face life sentences after new laws go into effect this week. Justice Minister Dominic Raab, pictured, said: ‘Too many lives have been lost due to reckless behavior behind the wheel’

The rule already includes professionals, including doctors, teachers and caregivers, but has been extended through the PCSC Act to those who train, mentor or instruct young people in sports and religion. Such a move was recommended by the independent Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, set up in 2014 in response to the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Dominic Raab, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister, said: “Too many lives have been lost due to reckless behavior behind the wheel, destroying families. We have changed the law so that those responsible now have the opportunity to live behind bars.”

He added: “Our changes will also keep children safer by ensuring that people cannot use positions of trust in sports or religious institutions to exploit, care for or harm vulnerable young people.”

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