Riminal LawCausing Death by Dangerous Driving

Hi there,

I have chosen my topic and then have had a meeting with my supervisor and the following was decided.

The question I pose is: Received wisdom seems to indicate that sentences for causing death by dangerous driving vary significantly, why this remains is unclear. The popular consensus is that the law is insufficient and does not afford innocent persons adequate safeguards nor does it act as a deterrent.

(I did actually give a few examples in my proposal to my supervisor of examaples of cases of where my thinking of this question came from such asGary Hart was the cause of Selby rail crash, which resulted in 10 deaths by losing control of his vehicle. Being such an inferior case, Hart received 5 years for dangerous driving, a lot more than many of these others…

Mr Thompson, went into the back of a family car, killing 5-week old girl and injuring her twin sister. He was fined £1000 and banned for 5 months.

Peter Kite a managing director of an activity center where 4 children died in a canoe accident , recieved a manslaughter sentence of 3 years. If he had knocked them over in his vehicle he perhaps would have been charged with dangerous driving and received a fine.

A youth was charged with attempted murder for hitting a policeman. Presumably if the youth had used a car it would have been lessened to dangerous driving or similar?)

Merely scanning through motoring offences, it is apparent that a human life is worth at most a few thousand pounds as judged before the criminal courts. This is oddly out-of-step with the current 6-figure awards for damages in civil courts.

The above is the general outline of what the dissertation is to be based on and has been approved by my supervisor. I have decided to break this up into for sections:

The first is an introduction where what the paper will be on is discussed and introduced and the above question will be added. There will then be a Chapter 1 where the above will be discussed paying attention to the current law and how it got to where it is today with reform.

The second chapter will then analyse and evaluate reforms and why they have been introduced (there have been a few out this year) and paying attention to the above question.

Lastly there should be a conclusion tying everything together.

It is important that cases and are included and the dissertation is well referenced using the Harvard system. I have put 30 as my number of sources but you can use that only as a guide, use less or more if you prefer if you do not think that many sources are appropriate. I am also aware that the referencing is not included in the word count which in this case is approx8,500 words if each page consist of approx 250 words. If you dislike the Harvard form of referencing you can use the numeric system which involves footnotes. This is all important as plagiarism is looked for on all dissertations on a Plagiarism Detection System.

This dissertation is all to be based on UK law some references if appropriate for comparison purposes can be based on the law of other countries but UK law is what this is all based on.

If possible could a bibliography be included. If there are any questions or queries please e-mail me. If you think some changes need to be made to the structure please let me know, but I do not see a problem with it if it assists you. Thank you for your time and effort.

Best wishes