Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 creates the offence.

This offence can only be dealt with by the Crown Court and if convicted the maximum sentence is 14 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine. In addition the Court must disqualify from driving for two years and endors, unless the court finds ‘special reasons’. The offence carries between three and 11 penalty points and mandatory retesting by way of an extended driving test is required. In some instances the Court can order the forfeiture of the motor vehicle used for the purpose of the crime.

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