The road safety charity Brake would support a Government plan to introduce life sentences for those who are found guilty of causing death while using their mobile phone behind the wheel.

On Monday, the Justice Minister Sam Gyimah announced there will be a consultation to review the sentences given to those caught using a mobile phone while driving.

Earlier this year, lorry driver Tomasz Kroker was given a 10-year jail sentence after killing four family members on the A34 in Oxfordshire after he was distracted by his mobile phone in August.

Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, said: “This is a vindication of our efforts, and those of victims’ families, calling for change through our Roads to Justice campaign. For too long, the justice system has treated them as second class citizens.

“We do remain concerned that the charge of ‘careless’ driving could remain. Some of the strongest feedback we have received from the families we work with, is that there is nothing careless about taking someone else’s life.

“We also want clarification on whether the current automatic 50% discount, where convicted drivers serve only half their term in jail, will still apply for these new, proposed sentences.

“At this stage, these are proposals, and we will be giving our full response before the February deadline. We would urge others, especially those directly affected by road deaths, to respond to the consultation.”

James Ash


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December 6, 2016