The justice secretary Jack Straw has proposed increasing the current two-year maximum jail term for dangerous driving to five years.
Mr Straw said reckless drivers who leave victims with serious injuries should get tougher punishments. "We have listened to the innocent victims of dangerous drivers, their families and road safety groups and their experiences have directly informed these changes,” he said.
"However, introducing new laws takes time and so this cannot be put on the statute book immediately. This is inevitable when amendments to primary legislation are necessary, as in this case.”
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