The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Death On The Roads Again

The proposal to create an offence of causing death by careless driving has resurfaced. I said what I have to say on the subject back on the 3rd and 4th of February, where anyone interested can find it in the archives.

It's at times like this that the Daily Mail surprises me. If enacted this measure is more likely than any other to see the Mail's beloved Middle Englanders sent to prison. A mother who makes an error of judgement - that's right, a mistake - on the school run will face up to five years in prison if a death results. If the fates are kind and the victim survives then the worst she faces is a £2500 fine and points on her licence. So why isn't the Mail denouncing this plan? Are they afraid of being outbid by the Sun on populist measures?

Or is it because the plan is not likely to affect house prices?