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Dangerous driving (e-petition 236952)

Published Thursday, June 13, 2019

The House of Commons Petitions Committee has scheduled a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 236952 relating to "Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving” on Monday 8 July at 4.30pm. Helen Jones MP, the Chair of the Committee, will open the debate.

The Library will produce a briefing or material for the debate and this page will be updated when it is made available. You can be notified when this takes place by emailing 


Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving [text of petition and Government response] 


Parliamentary material 

Dangerous Driving: Sentencing:Written question, House of Commons, 14 March 2019 [when will the Government increase the penalty for death by dangerous driving?]

Kayden Dunn, House of Commons Debate, 17 December 2018

Death by Dangerous Driving: Sentencing, House of Commons Debate, 28 February 2018

Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing, House of Commons Debate, 17 October 2017


All Parliamentary proceedings on this issue 2016-2019


Press articles

Violet-Grace petition hits 100,000 signatures on anniversary of tragic hit and run, Liverpool Echo, 24 March 2019

One year on from government's pledge to bring in life sentences for killer drivers - and still no sign of the law changing, Yorkshire Post, 15 October 2018

Killer drivers to receive life sentences in law change, BBC News, 15 October 2017

Violet's parents hit out at law change delay as more than 40,000 sign e petition, St Helens Star, 20 February 2017 


National news on this issue 2017- [Intranet link]


Press releases

Victims families' anger at delayed introduction of tougher sentences for killer drivers, Brake, 15 June 2018

Police action prior to the tragic death of Violet-Grace Youens completely appropriate, Independent Police Complaints Commission, 11 December 2017

Huge response to dangerous driving proposals, Ministry of Justice, 2 February 2017

Killer drivers to face life sentences, Ministry of Justice, 5 December 2016


Further reading

Driving offences, Crown Prosecution Service, Accessed 13 June 2019

Careless and Dangerous Driving enforcement, RoadPeace, April 2019

Causing death by driving offences: Literature review, Dr Rachel McPherson and Professor Cyrus Tata, Centre for Law, Crime & Justice, The Law School, Strathclyde University, September 2018 [Literature review prepared for the Scottish Sentencing Council]

Response to the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, Ministry of Justice, October 2017

Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, Ministry of Justice, December 2016

Death and injury charges , Brake, August 2016

Criminal Liability for Serious Traffic Offences: Essays on Causing Death, Injury and Danger in Traffic. Van Dijk, A. & Wolswijk, H. (eds.). The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, (Governance & recht; vol. 11). 2015



Commons Debate packs CDP-2019-0155

Authors: Fintan Codd; Andrew Haylen; Georgina Sturge; Noel Dempsey

Topics: Criminal law, Roads

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