Simon Corbell has announced new legislation to raise the maximum sentences for the worst driving offences:
The Crimes (Certain Penalty Increases) Amendment Bill 2011proposes to increase the maximum penalty for culpable driving causing death from 7 years to 14 years and the maximum penalty for culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm from 4 years to 10 years.
“As well as concerns about culpable driving offences, the DPP has also drawn my attention to concerns about the penalty for intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm,” Mr Corbell said.
“In response to these representations, the bill would also see the maximum penalty for the offence of intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm to 20 years, up from 15 years.”
The Bill also raises the maximum penalty for recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm from 10 years to 13 years and the penalty for negligently causing grievous bodily harm from 2 years to 5 years.