Examines sentencing in Victorian courts over the seven years to July 2013 for culpable driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, negligently causing serious injury (where driving related), and dangerous driving causing serious injury.
This report examines current sentencing practices between 2006–07 and 2012–13 (the ‘reference period’) for four major driving offences (collectively, the ‘reference offences’) :
- culpable driving causing death (‘culpable driving’);
- dangerous driving causing death;
- negligently causing serious injury (where driving related);
- dangerous driving causing serious injury.
The report presents high-level sentencing outcomes at both the charge and the case level for each of the reference offences. Additionally, it examines sentencing outcomes for dangerous driving causing death and negligently causing serious injury for the periods before and after increases to the maximum penalties for those offences.