The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries. They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. I don’t want other families to suffer like this.
1. Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving
10/01/2019 - Petitions
Found: The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old
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1. Dangerous Driving
08/07/2019 - Westminster Hall
1: considered e-petition 236952 relating to dangerous driving.It is a great pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2. Dangerous Driving involving Death: Sentencing
17/10/2017 - Westminster Hall
1: considered sentencing in cases of dangerous driving involving death.It is a great pleasure to serve - Speech Link
2: four-year-old Violet-Grace Youens, who was killed this year and whose grandmother was left seriously injured when - Speech Link
3: mine; she was a young woman in the prime of her life, with much to look forward to. She was described - Speech Link
3. Road Safety and the Legal Framework
20/11/2018 - Westminster Hall
1: highlighted a range of issues that lead to avoidable road death and serious injury, particularly to vulnerable road - Speech Link
2: that many employees in this country are put in a dangerous and vulnerable position because their employers - Speech Link
4. Death by Dangerous Driving (Sentencing)
21/07/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: causing death by dangerous driving to life imprisonment; and for connected purposes.Death by dangerous - Speech Link
5. Road Safety
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber
1: issue of road safety. With 500 people killed or seriously injured on our roads every week, there is no - Speech Link
2: of not riding and to experience for myself how dangerous it is on the road. It is very clear that drivers - Speech Link
3: motorway in heavy fog, with 51 people injured and seven people killed on 4 November 2011. Thankfully, such - Speech Link
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In October 2017, the Government promised life sentences for death by dangerous driving. It’s now 2019. Innocent people have been killed, but nothing has changed. The law is out of date.
Anyone convicted of death by dangerous driving should receive life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 15 years. If more than one person is killed or injured, the sentences must run separately.
Driving offences can have devastating consequences for victims and their loved ones. Sentencing in individual cases is always a matter for the courts, which are independent.
This was a deeply tragic case and our sympathies remain with Violet-Grace’s family. No sentence can make up for the loss of a loved one but we are focused on getting the law right, to ensure the changes we make are comprehensive, proportionate and, we hope, might help avoid some further unnecessary deaths on our roads.
In October 2017 we published the government response to the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury and confirmed proposals to: increase the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving from 14 years’ imprisonment to life; increase the maximum penalty for causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years’ imprisonment to life; and create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving. Increasing the maximum penalty to life will enable the courts to impose a life sentence or any lesser sentence, including a determinate sentence of any length.
Minimum sentences are rarely used in criminal law in England and Wales. To allow judges to take into account all circumstances of the case, the normal practice is for Parliament to set maximum penalties and for the courts to determine the appropriate sentence, having regard to the facts of an individual case. This is why our sentencing framework generally sets maximum penalties but not minimum penalties, and even where a minimum sentence is introduced the court retains a discretion not to impose the sentence where it would be unjust to do so in a particular case.
While we recognise the very great harm caused by dangerous drivers who are responsible for multiple deaths or injury, it is a general principle of law that sentences are imposed to be served concurrently when they relate to the same course of events and consecutively when they relate to separate incidents. However, the death of more than one victim as a result of the offence is an aggravating factor the courts take into account in determining the length of sentence to impose.
We will bring forward proposals for reform of the law as soon as parliamentary time allows.
Ministry of Justice