Kristian Johnson’s Law. Life sentences for Death by Careless & Dangerous Driving

Kristian Johnson was killed by a drink driver who was more than twice the legal limit. His killer was sentenced to 3 years for Causing Death by Careless Driving and is eligible for release from prison in 18 months. We want appropriate justice. Appropriate justice is a life sentence for these crimes.

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Recent Documents related to Kristian Johnson’s Law. Life sentences for Death by Careless & Dangerous Driving

1. Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury
20/10/2017 - Ministry of Justice
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Found: the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury

2. Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury
20/10/2017 - Ministry of Justice
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Found: the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury

3. Anonymous - written evidence
09/09/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: for causing death or serious injury are not severe enough in cases of careless driving or driving without

4. The Sentencing Council of England and Wales - written evidence
27/02/2018 - Inquiry: Prison Population 2022: planning for the future - Justice Committee
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Found: body of the Ministry of Justice and was set up under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to promote greater

5. RoadPeace - written evidence
22/05/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: only has the decrease in road deaths stalled, but drink drive related deaths are on the increase, whilst

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Recent Speeches related to Kristian Johnson’s Law. Life sentences for Death by Careless & Dangerous Driving

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. Death by Dangerous Driving: Sentencing
28/02/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered death by dangerous driving and sentencing.It is a pleasure - Speech Link

3. Kayden Dunn
17/12/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: of loss, of a family let down by our criminal justice system and of a community united in grief.At - Speech Link
2: past. That was the second death in that family; their wee girl died some 18 months ago. I just want to - Speech Link
3: with friends after school, Kayden was run over and killed in my constituency. He was just seven years old - Speech Link

4. Road Safety and the Legal Framework
20/11/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: Committee for enabling this important debate on road justice and the legal framework from the perspective of - Speech Link

5. Cycling Fatalities: Ian Winterburn
21/12/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: given the number of people who have been injured or killed when cycling on our roads.On 12 December - Speech Link
2: him one of the recommendations of our report on justice for cyclists. We asked the Government to address“Confusion - Speech Link
3: shall deal with the issue of careless versus dangerous driving and the different penalties involved. Indeed - Speech Link

6. 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: case of four-year-old Violet-Grace Youens, who was killed this year and whose grandmother was left seriously - 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

7. Dangerous Driving: Penalties
13/09/2016 - Westminster Hall

1: House has considered penalties for causing death by dangerous driving.It is a pleasure to serve - Speech Link

8. Sentencing White Paper
16/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: automatic operation of the law, leave prison halfway through their sentence. We are going to ensure that more - Speech Link

9. Road Safety
05/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: speak on the issue of road safety. With 500 people killed or seriously injured on our roads every week, there - 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: heavy fog, with 51 people injured and seven people killed on 4 November 2011. Thankfully, such events are - Speech Link
4: granted £100 million to improve 50 of the most dangerous stretches of A road in England through the Safer - Speech Link
5: conditions that they will encounter on the roads. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is developing new - Speech Link

10. Unduly Lenient Sentence Scheme
05/10/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: the unduly lenient sentence scheme, a highly successful scheme that allows sentences for certain offences - Speech Link
2: Victims will have the power to query sentences for a wider range of crimes, as the scheme has been extended - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Kristian Johnson’s Law. Life sentences for Death by Careless & Dangerous Driving
1. Dangerous Driving: Sentencing
asked by: Judith Cummins
03/12/2018
... what the timescale is for bringing forward legislation on introducing life sentences for causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

2. Dangerous Driving: Sentencing
asked by: Judith Cummins
23/11/2018
... what the timetable is for the introduction of changes in sentences for causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

3. Dangerous Driving: Sentencing
asked by: Judith Cummins
27/04/2018
... what progress he has made on (a) implementing an increase to the maximum penalty for the offences of causing death by (i) dangerous driving and (ii) careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs to life imprisonment and (b) creating a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving.

4. Dangerous Driving
asked by: Lisa Forbes
22/07/2019
... (b) create a new offence of causing serious injury by careless driving and (c) increase the minimum period of disqualification for drivers convicted of causing death by any driving offence.

5. Dangerous Driving: Sentencing
asked by: Liz McInnes
22/03/2019
... what the average prison sentence was for causing death by dangerous driving in 2018.

Latest Questions


Kristian's killer was convicted of causing death by 'Careless Driving' rather than 'Dangerous Driving' - a crime which carries a maximum sentence of just 5 years. 18 months in prison is not justice for killing someone and is unlikely to deter future drink-driving. The sentence does not fit the crime. The impact to the lives of the victim’s family is incomprehensible and a sentence of 18 months further damages the family. Kristian was 24, of good health and should have had a full life ahead of him. Instead it was cut tragically short.

We are asking the Government to increase the maximum penalty to life sentences for death by careless driving as they promised in October 2017 and those convicted should serve a minimum of 15 years.


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Government Response

Driving offences can have devastating consequences and the government is acting to toughen penalties for several driving-related offences. Sentencing in individual cases is a matter for the courts.


We were very sorry to read of the tragic death of Kristian Johnson; our sympathies are with his family and friends.

No sentence can make up for the loss of a loved one and whilst many deaths and injuries are the result of a tragic accident, too many of these incidents involve criminal behaviour. Every avoidable death on our roads is one too many.

The government response to the consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury, published in 2017, confirmed proposals to increase the maximum penalty for causing death by dangerous driving and for causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs from 14 years to life; and to 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.

Sentencing must be proportionate to the offence committed. 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. Minimum sentences are therefore rarely used in criminal law in England and Wales, but even where they are introduced the court retains a discretion not to impose the sentence where it would be unjust to do so in a particular case.

In September last year the government published the white paper, A Smarter Approach to Sentencing. This confirmed our intention to bring forward changes, meeting our longstanding commitment to ensure the courts have the powers they need to deal with those drivers who kill by dangerous driving or where they are over the limits for alcohol and drugs.
We will introduce legislation on these changes in the near future.

Ministry of Justice