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Crime: Drink-driving

Volume 693: debated on Monday 2 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether they are reviewing the penalties for drink-drive offences. [HL4433]

The penalties for these offences are kept under review, and the penalty for causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs was increased from 10 to 14 years in 2004. The Road Safety Act 2006 contains provision for serious, including repeat, drink-drive offenders to be made to retake the driving test at the end of their period of disqualification. It also makes provision for the courts, when imposing disqualification as a penalty, to order a reduced period of disqualification if it also makes an order requiring the offender to comply with the conditions of an alcohol ignition interlock programme.