This month’s enews focuses on Justice.
Govt. to review driving offences
The Justice Minister, Chris Grayling, announced a full review of driving offences, the first such review in over a decade. However the prison sentence possible for causing death or serious injury by driving whilst unlicensed, disqualified and uninsured is to be increased, before the review.
APPG Justice on Our Roads to be launched next week
Under the leadership of Baroness (Jenny) Jones of Moulescoomb, our All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Justice on Our Roads is being launched on 4 June at the Houses of Parliament. This APPG is intended to help keep MPs informed of the need and the opportunities to improve the post crash response and ensure road crime is treated as real crime. Have you written your MP because we have.
In light of the driving offence review announced, the launch will focus on sentencing with families and MPs highlighting the need for change. It is to be attended by the MOJ’s Sentencing and Penalties Policy Unit. Please do encourage your MP to join.
Motoring convictions 2013
The Ministry of Justice has released last year’s motoring convictions. In 2013, 629 drivers were prosecuted for causing a death, with over two-thirds convicted (431). Causing death by Careless Driving remains the most common charge, at half of all convictions, and with over 30% receiving a custodial sentence.
The new charge of Causing Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving was introduced at the end of 2012, the first year of data revealed this offence to be rarely used with only 90 prosecutions and 31 convictions. This is despite the failure of regard to vulnerable road users qualifying as dangerous driving, according to CPS charging standards.
Driving bans continue to be rarely used. Less than 65,000 drivers were banned at court in 2013, with drink driving accounting for almost 70% of all bans. Even were guidelines stated bans were mandatory, they were not always given. Only 3% of drivers convicted of Careless Driving were banned. And bans are short. Two-thirds were for less than 2 years. Many are only given until the driving test is passed. Only 2 drivers were banned for life.
Traffic Justice (Jan-Mar)
For the past year, RoadPeace has been summarising developments in collision investigation, inquests, criminal prosecution, civil compensation and victims’ rights. Our Jan-March update includes a summary of the government’s strategy and action plan to transform the criminal justice system, and how it continues to discriminate against road crime and its victims.
RoadPeace—a member’s charity
RoadPeace AGM and Trustees wanted
Our 22nd AGM is on 14 June, at the conference space in Shakespeare Business Centre. It starts at 1500 to allow members to visit the Open Street.
RoadPeace is also recruiting trustees. If you are interested in helping the charity be sustainable and continue its key role in supporting victims whilst also campaigning for justice and road danger reduction, please do contact us.