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New driving offence to 'do justice' to seriously injured crash victims

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Approved used car drivers who find themselves seriously injured as the result of an accident will now have access to a further rung of justice.

Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke has created a new criminal offence to recognise serious injury caused by motorists who drive dangerously.

The introduction of the causing serious injury by dangerous driving will carry a five-year prison term and an unlimited fine - a move that has been welcomed by road safety charity Brake.

"We also hope that in future the maximum sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving will increase to 14 years, in line with causing death by dangerous driving," added Brake senior campaigns officer Ellen Booth.

Brake was among the organisations which criticised the government recently over its cuts to road safety investment.

This comes despite ongoing declines in road accidents and those causing death and injury across the UK, according to the latest statistics.ADNFCR-2576-ID-800752379-ADNFCR

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