Crime Commissioner backs tougher sentences for banned drivers

Plans for banned drivers who cause road deaths to receive tougher punishments have been backed by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The new offence of causing serious injury while disqualified is expected to be introduced early next year. It will mean longer sentences for those caught.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

And Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has given his backing to the proposal.

“A clear message that driving whilst disqualified is socially and legally unacceptable is a major statement by Government and society,” he said.

“The heartbreak it can cause is life changing and the evidence that clear and loud messaging changes behaviour has also been proven by the crackdown in Staffordshire on uninsured drivers. Those who drive without insurance can’t hide in Staffordshire and over 1,800 have had their vehicles seized and, in some cases, scrapped.

“I look forward to the courts having the power to be tougher on disqualified drivers and expect police to continue targeting those flouting the law with the gusto shown towards eradicating uninsured drivers from our roads here.”

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