The driving ban handed to Andrzej Wojcicki is considerably longer than the majority of bans given for causing death or bodily harm offences, which are between one and three years. CTC would like driving bans of this length – 10 years or more – to be used much more widely by judges and for longer bans to be given greater emphasis in sentencing guidelines.
In 2013, 35% of drivers who were convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and sent to prison received a custodial sentence of between three and five years, 38% received a sentence of five years or more.
The order to pass an extended driving test before regaining a driving licence is mandatory for drivers convicted of a dangerous driving offence.
David Paul Robinson, 26, of Woodhead Road in Prudhoe, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, dangerous driving, failing to stop and failing to report an incident.
CTC is deeply saddened to hear of the deaths of two cyclists on the A30 in a crash with a lorry.
Cycling on rural A roads carries a risk of death per mile travelled 20 times higher than on urban minor roads, however, the A30 is the quickest and easiest route for those cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats.
Too often we hear of terrible tragedies like this case occurring on Britain’s busiest roads. CTC has repeatedly called on the Highways Agency to improve conditions for cyclists on its network.
CTC is calling for interim driving bans to be imposed on drivers arrested following crashes which seriously injure or kill another person, so that drivers don’t present an ongoing threat to the public before they are formally charged.