Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'

The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives.

100,661 Signatures

Status
Open
Opened
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Last 24 hours signatures
236
Signature Deadline
Thursday 2nd September 2021
Estimated Final Signatures: 127,392

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Recent Documents related to Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'

1. Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'
17/02/2021 - Petitions

Found: The offence of causing 'death by dangerous driving' should be widened to include: failure to stop, call

2. RoadPeace - written evidence
22/05/2019 - Inquiry: Road Safety - Transport Committee
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Found: alarming reductions in the number of driving offences detected. Law breaking and risk taking is being tolerated

3. Motor vehicle offences: findings of guilt at all courts fixed penalty notices and written warnings: by type of offence
17/12/2020 - Department for Transport
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Found: penalty notices and written warnings by type of offence, England and Wales: 2004 to 2019 1,2

4. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021: overarching documents
09/03/2021 - Home Office
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Found: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill Driving Offences Impact Assessment IA No: MoJ047/2019

5. Impact assessment: driving offences
10/12/2020 - Bill Documents

Found: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill Driving Offences Impact Assessment IA No: MoJ047/2019

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by 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: reform the law. We have had numerous petitions on increasing sentences for death by dangerous driving, and - Speech Link

2. 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
3: road deaths and serious injuries. The UK’s road death rate is relatively low, but sadly it is levelling - Speech Link

3. Road Safety: Sentencing Review
30/11/2016 - Westminster Hall

1: guidelines for maximum penalties for driving offences that lead to death or serious injury. I urged the Government - Speech Link
2: agree that tougher action is needed to tackle dangerous driving, which blights so many of our local communities - Speech Link
3: review for maximum penalties for driving offences that lead to death or serious injury. Many Members of - Speech Link

4. 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

5. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
15/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: promise to the British people, and our commitment to law and order is having a real impact across the country - Speech Link
2: specialism of police drivers. Too often, they are driving in high-pressure situations pursuing suspects on - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'
1. Dangerous Driving: Death
asked by: Chi Onwurah
20/01/2020
... how many children aged 16 or under have been killed by negligent drivers in each year for which figures are available.

2. Dangerous Driving
asked by: Colleen Fletcher
19/11/2020
... (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.

3. Dangerous Driving
asked by: Scott Mann
15/12/2020
... what representations his Department has received on the potential merits of bringing forward proposals to reform the law and sentencing relating to the offence of leaving the scene of a hit and run that resulted in death; and if he will meet with the hon Member for North Cornwall to discuss (a) that matter and (b) the effect of those accidents on the families of victims.

4. Dangerous Driving
asked by: Barry Sheerman
17/01/2020
... what assessment the Government has made of the effect on families of road death victims of defendants charged with dangerous driving being granted anonymity.

5. Dangerous Driving
asked by: Barry Sheerman
17/01/2020
... what plans he has to improve transparency of dangerous driving (a) prosecutions and (b) sentencing in the judicial system.

Latest Questions

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A hit & run driver left my brother Ryan in the road & he died. Hiding for 36 hours, charged with failure to stop, the driver received a suspended sentence/fine. Failure to stop/careless driving offers lighter custodial sentences & focuses on fines/suspensions. Drivers should STOP, ring 999 & render AID until help arrives. If they do not they should face charges for death by dangerous driving. The Law should require this & aim to reduce the number of hit & runs & roadside deaths. With this definition, a minimum 10 years-max life sentence, citizens would be better protected.


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Government Response

It is unacceptable for drivers to fail to stop and report an incident. However, the offence should not be used to punish an offender for a serious, but unproven, offence.


Ministers are aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Ryan Saltern and extend their sympathy to family and friends.

Failure to stop and report offences are often referred to as “hit and run”, but this is not an accurate reflection of the offence. The offence is designed to deal with behaviour relating to failing to stop, not as an alternative route to punish an offender for a more serious, but unproven offence.

The vast majority of failure to stop and report offences involve low level traffic incidents, for example where a driver clips the wing mirror of another vehicle in a narrow street.

In a small number of cases, the failure to stop or report may be related to an incident which leads to the death or serious injury of another person. Where there is evidence the driver caused harm, there is a range of offences for which the driver may be charged including causing death or serious injury from dangerous or careless driving. In these cases, the courts will treat the failure to stop as a further aggravating factor in the sentencing decision. Where there is evidence that the driver tried to frustrate justice or avoid detection, they may also be charged with perverting the course of justice, which carries a life sentence as a maximum penalty.

The Government takes this issue seriously. The Department for Transport is looking into the issue of such incidents of failure to stop resulting in death or serious injury, and exploring whether there are further options that can be pursued.

Department for Transport


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