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.

This petition closed on 2 Sep 2021 with 167,470 signatures


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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. Motor vehicle offences: findings of guilt at all courts, fixed penalty notices and written warnings: by type of offence
24/06/2021 - 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

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. Letter from Lord Wolfson and Baroness Williams to Lord Rosser, Lord Coaker and Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede regarding the first tranche of Government amendments tabled for the Lords Report stage.
01/12/2021 - Bill Documents

Found: agreed that there should be a power to amend the definition by regulations subject to the affirmative procedure

5. 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

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

1. Road Traffic Offences: Fatal Collisions
15/11/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: “Tougher sentences for hit and run drivers who cause death”, opened on 20 July 2020 and closed on 20 January - Speech Link

2. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (Tenth sitting)
08/06/2021 - Public Bill Committees

1: achieve that in the following ways.Clause 55 will widen the range of conditions that the police can impose - Speech Link
2: carefully.Clause 56 closes the loophole in the offence of failing to comply with a condition attached - Speech Link
3: on a public procession or a public assembly to include circumstances where noise may have a significant - Speech Link

3. Dangerous Driving
08/07/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: has 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

4. Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
13/12/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: after paragraph (d)—(a) after “the offence” insert “(“the new offence”)”;(b) for “three years” substitute - Speech Link
2: holding a driving licence. We can and must do more to force home the message that holding a driving licence - Speech Link

5. 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

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'
1. Dangerous Driving: Death
asked by: Charlotte Nichols
13/07/2021
... what options his Department has considered as part of its review of potential further options that might be used to respond such incidences.

2. Dangerous Driving: Death
asked by: Richard Holden
23/09/2021
... how many deaths by dangerous driving occurred in each of the last twenty years; and how many and what proportion of those divers (i) had and (ii) did not have a valid driving licence.

3. Dangerous Driving: Death
asked by: Matthew Offord
30/11/2021
... unlicensed or uninsured in (i) London and (ii) England in each of the last three years.

4. 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.

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

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

Wednesday 24th March 2021

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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