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Drivers who kill are being ‘let off’ with five-year jail terms

Drivers who kill are being ‘let off’ with five-year jail terms despite Government pledge to introduce life sentences

  • Ministry of Justice data shows average sentence last year was around five years
  • Ministers said there wold be life sentences for death by dangerous driving 
  • AA chief Edmund King has accused the Government of ‘dragging its heels’ 

Killer drivers are being sentenced to just over five years in jail on average – with many set to walk free after serving just half their term.

In another indictment of ‘soft justice’ Britain, analysis of Ministry of Justice data shows the average sentence last year for causing death by dangerous driving was five years and three months – against almost nine years for manslaughter.

Ministers promised in 2017 to bring in life sentences for the offence, in line with manslaughter. 

AA chief Edmund King accused the Government of ‘dragging its heels’ and added: ‘Those who kill innocent people while at the wheel should feel the full strength of the law.’ 

In another indictment of ‘soft justice’ Britain, analysis of Ministry of Justice data shows the average sentence last year for causing death by dangerous driving was five years and three months – against almost nine years for manslaughter (file image)

AA chief Edmund King accused the Government of ‘dragging its heels’ and added: ‘Those who kill innocent people while at the wheel should feel the full strength of the law’

AA chief Edmund King accused the Government of ‘dragging its heels’ and added: ‘Those who kill innocent people while at the wheel should feel the full strength of the law’

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