Drivers to face life sentence for dangerous driving

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

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  • Government acts to introduce life sentences for causing death by dangerous driving
  • Life sentences for careless drivers who kill whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
  • New, 3 year jail terms for careless drivers causing serious injury

Dangerous drivers who kill are set to face life sentences, under plans put forward by ministers.

Dangerous drivers causing death by speeding, street racing or while on a mobile phone are among those now facing the same sentences as those charged with manslaughter.

Offenders who cause death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs could also be handed life sentences - an increase on the current 14 year upper limit.

New plans come as ministers seek to deter dangerous, criminal behaviour on our roads, and make sure killer drivers face the toughest penalties.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah said:

Killer drivers ruin lives. Their actions cause immeasurable pain to families, who must endure tragic, unnecessary losses.

While impossible to compensate for the death of a loved one, we are determined to make sure the punishment fits the crime. “My message is clear – if you drive dangerously and kill on our roads, you could face a life sentence.

A consultation seeks views on whether the current maximum penalties available to the courts should be increased. Proposals include:

  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years to life
  • increasing the maximum sentence for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life
  • creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, with a maximum sentence of 3 years
  • increasing minimum driving bans for those convicted of causing death

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving

Today’s announcement delivers on the government’s pledge to consider the sentencing powers available to the courts for the most serious driving offences.

In 2015, 122 people were sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 21 convicted of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence.

It is hoped the measures will see custodial sentences for causing death by careless or dangerous driving increase – from an average of 45.8 months in 2015.

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Can I Eat or Smoke Whilst Driving?

Can I Eat or Smoke Whist Driving?


I think most drivers would admit to eating or smoking while driving and although it's not illegal to smoke or eat while driving it certainly isn't a safe thing to do. I once saw a man driving down a the motorway with a McDonald's burger in one hand, and a can of cola in the other. He was clearly not in full control of the vehicle and a near miss with another car confirmed this.

if you present a significant danger while eating on the move, the Police could prosecute you for careless driving if they consider you not in proper control of the vehicle. A driving instructor in the north west of England was recently charged with careless driving after being spotted eating a bowl of porridge whilst driving to his next driving lesson. Wowzers!... he should know better really!

A study by Leeds University found that motorists who ate while driving were actually 44% slower than usual.

Can I Smoke and drive?

Smoking at the wheel is not an offence but if it leads to careless driving (and I easily could) then it could land you in trouble with the Police. In fact, if lighting your cigarette reduces your focus on the road it could go beyond careless driving and escalate to a charge of dangerous driving.

Is it safe to eat while stuck in a traffic jam?

So you're stuck in a traffic jam, you missed lunch and your stomach feels like your throat has been cut. Ooooh you realise you have a banana in the glove box. You apply the handbrake, slip it into neural and begin to enjoy your snack.  Sound familiar? Well, A motorist has been fined £145 and given three penalty points after she was caught eating a banana behind the wheel of her car when she was stuck in a traffic jam.

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 Drivers Who Are Distracted Are A Police Target

The police are aware that distracted drivers can cause major road accidents. Speed cameras are often used to capture images of motorists eating or drinking while driving. One recent report involved an 18 year old student who  lost control of her car while eating and texting on a mobile phone while driving. It is too easy for road traffic police to spot distracted drivers, and speed cameras will help supply evidence gathering. According to the police, drinking and driving at the wheel is as serious a distraction as driving under the influence of alcohol. So if you want to be safe save your munchies until you get home.


Drug driving and the Law

Drug Driving and the Law 

It is against the law to drive under the influence of illegal drugs, or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood.

Similar to drink driving, the police have a roadside test that makes it easier to detect those who are driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

If you are caught and convicted, you could face a driving ban, large fine and a prison sentence. 

How drugs can affect and impair driving

Driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous and can affect driving skills in a number of ways.

Cannabis - users often think they are safer when they are under the influence because they drive more slowly. However, cannabis slows reaction and decision times. It can also distort perception of time and distance, and result in poorer concentration and control of the vehicle.

Cocaine - leads to a sense of over-confidence and this is reflected in user’s driving style. Users typically perform higher risk, more aggressive manoeuvres at greater speeds.

Ecstasy - is extremely dangerous to drive on because it results in distorted vision, heightened perception of sounds, altered perception and judgment of risks and an over-confident driving attitude.

During the phase whilst the effects of any illegal drugs are wearing off the user may feel fatigued, affecting concentration levels.

Driving in any of these conditions is a bad idea – not just for the driver but for their passengers and other road users.

What could happen if you get caught drug driving 

The penalties for drug driving are the same as for drink driving. If you are convicted you could face:

  • A minimum 12-month driving ban
  • A criminal record
  • An unlimited fine
  • Up to 6 months in prison
  • An endorsement on your driving license for 11 years

The consequences of a drug drive conviction are far reaching and can include:

  • Job loss
  • Loss of independence
  • The shame of having a criminal record
  • Increase in car insurance costs
  • Trouble getting in to countries like the USA

Roadside drugs kits are now used by officers if they suspect a driver may have drugs in their system, alongside field impairment tests that have always been used when a driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Watch this video on how police officers can detect if you have been drug driving.

Driving Lesson Vouchers, Blackpool

Driving lesson vouchers Blackpool

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Driving Instructor History

Driving Instructor History 



Learning to drive in 1910, when cars often resembled horseless carriages, was far harder work physically than today.

There was no power steering, making it essential that learners turned the wheel using the laborious “push-pull” method still advocated in some circles.

Starting the engine required a deft combination of mechanical understanding and brute force (starting handles were the order of the day) and brakes were rod-operated, heavy and ineffective compared to the servo-assisted systems we take for granted.

But what sorted the men from the boys was changing gear. Today’s synchromesh is so good it’s hard to fumble a change but then it required skill, timing and the ability to master double-declutching. For those who couldn’t, the best option was to come to a complete halt before first gear could be re-engaged.

Traffic at the dawn of the motoring age, however, was light, so learning how to negotiate the roads - which were still dominated by the horse and cart - was a cinch compared to today. There were only 53,196 cars on British roads compared to 28.5 million now.

Early driving lessons focused on basic car control, elementary hand signals - and common sense.

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Learner driving history from 1946 

1946 - Testing resumes in November, more than a year after the end of World War II. 

1950 - The pass rate for the driving test is 50 per cent.

1956 –  The test fee doubles from 10 shillings to £1 – that’s an increase from £10 to £21 in today’s money. Testing is again suspended, this time during the Suez Canal crisis in November. Learners are allowed to drive unaccompanied and examiners help to administer petrol rations.

1957 - Testing resumes in April after the Suez crisis. Provisional licences are no longer stamped with ‘passed test’ from July and the three-year driving licence is introduced in September.

1958 - Provisional licences are valid only for six months. 

1959 - A new examiner training facility is opened in Stanmore, Middlesex. Until this point, examiners have been trained ‘on the job’.

1962 - From April, people who have held more than seven provisional licences are required to take a driving test. If they fail to, the licensing authority could refuse a further application. 

1963 – A voluntary register of approved driving instructors (ADIs) is set up. To become an ADI, you have to pass stringent written and practical tests.

1968 – The test fee is increased again, going up this time to 1 pound, 15 shillings  – equivalent to £25 today. 

1969 - Several changes are made to the test, including the introduction of a ban on dual accelerator controls unless they have been disengaged. A separate category for automatic cars is also brought in.

1970 – All driving instructors now have to be officially registered. A total of 3,500 people are prosecuted for driving on a forged licence or wrongfully attempting to obtain a licence.