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Dangerous driving (e-petition 236952)

Published Thursday, July 4, 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.

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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, 25 June 2019 [when will the Government bring forward legislation increase the penalty for death by dangerous driving?]


All Parliamentary proceedings on this issue 2016-2019


Press articles

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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