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CPS launches consultation on traffic offences

Date: 15 December 2006

The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a public consultation on how it deals with prosecuting road traffic offences.

CPS director Ken Macdonald QC explained: "I want to ensure that the service we offer takes account of public attitudes and that people have a fuller understanding of, and confidence in, our decisions."

The areas for consideration and debate include what should constitute dangerous driving and how the offence of careless driving should be distinguished as a lesser crime.

Some careless offences could be upgrade to dangerous driving. 'Bad habits' under the spotlight include mobile phone use, tailgating and possibly lighting a cigarette. Dangerous driving attracts a maximum two-year driving ban and the possibly of 14 years in jail. In contrast, careless drivers face a £2500 fine and a possible driving ban.

The CPS is also interested to hear from the public concerning cases where a death has occurred and how they think those cases should be prosecuted, and wants feedback on what information victims or victims' families need on the eve of prosecution.

Go to if you would like to express an opinion.