U.K., to drivers: If you text, drive and kill someone, then plan to spend life in prison

St. George's Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

The Times has the details.

Sam Gyimah, the justice minister, said the maximum sentence needed to rise to a life term from the current 14-year limit, which usually sees people released after just seven years, to ensure that “the punishment fits the crime”.

Road safety campaigners hailed the plans as a “vindication” of their work but said ministers should go further. The RAC has warned that there is an “epidemic” of drivers texting, calling and checking emails at the wheel.

Last year 122 people were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, an offence that covers speeding, street racing and other reckless behaviour, as well as using a phone. Another 21 people were convicted of causing death by careless driving while under the influence.

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