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New Serious Road Safety Offences

New Serious Road Safety Offences

The Road Safety Act 2006 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2008 brings into force from 18th August 2008 the following major provisions of the Road Safety Act 2006:-

Causing death by careless, or inconsiderate, driving
A person who causes the death of another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle on a road or other public place without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place, is guilty of an offence.

Enabling Provision: s.2B Road Traffic Act 1988, inserted by s.20 Road Safety Act 2006
Triable Status: Either way
Max. Sentence on Indictment: 5 years or a fine or both
Max. Sentence Summary: 12 months or statutory maximum fine or both
Both ways: Obligatory disqualification; obligatory endorsement; 3-11 penalty points.

Causing death by driving: unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured drivers
A person is guilty of an offence under this section if he causes the death of another person by driving a motor vehicle on a road and, at the time when he is driving, the circumstances are such that he is committing an offence under—
(a) section 87(1) of this Act (driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence),
(b) section 103(1)(b) of this Act (driving while disqualified), or
(c) section 143 of this Act (using motor vehicle while uninsured or unsecured against third party risks).

Enabling Provision: s.3ZB Road Traffic Act 1988, inserted by s.21 Road Safety Act 2006
Triable Status: Either way
Max. Sentence on Indictment: 2 years or a fine or both
Max. Sentence Summary: 12 months or statutory maximum fine or both
Both ways: Obligatory disqualification; obligatory endorsement; 3-11 penalty points.

(See Criminal Offences Handbook, 4th edition, pp 329/330 (available from Anya Designs Ltd))

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