PLANS to introduce tougher sentences for drivers who seriously injure other people have been welcomed by a police association.
Hampshire Police Federation’s chairman John Apter said proposals for a new offence with a maximum five-year jail term and unlimited fine would help to recognise the damage that can be done by poor driving.
He said: ‘We have been calling for the consequences of poor driving to be given better recognition for some time.
‘All too often people who have been seriously injured as a result of somebody’s dangerous driving have been ignored by the judicial system, this is wrong.
‘Police officers who deal with the most serious collisions get frustrated when, through lack of legislation, they have been unable to allow the courts to recognise the serious injuries caused by dangerous driving. This goes some way in making the victim’s voice heard.’
The plans were announced yesterday by justice secretary Kenneth Clarke following widespread concerns that the current two-year maximum sentence for dangerous drivers is not enough when life-changing injuries are involved.