Motorists back new driving offence plans

6th June 2012

A new poll from the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has highlighted the resounding support for the introduction of a new driving offence, causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Under the current laws, when a motorist causes very serious injury as a result of reckless driving, they are often charged with dangerous driving.

However, while this is a serious penalty, it fails to take into account the potential effect such an accident could have on the victim.

The new laws propose a change that would see drivers punished with more severity if the crash in question causes life-changing injuries.

This proposal has been met with a huge endorsement from the public, with 94 per cent of those surveyed backing calls for the introduction of a new law.

Commenting on the findings, IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “People want to see tougher penalties to deal with situations where the victim of a road accident is seriously injured."

He was however, keen to stress that such changes would require careful deliberation.

"The government needs to ensure that punishments for dangerous driving accurately reflect the severity of the offences committed."

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