A new driving offence - causing serious injury by dangerous driving - has been welcomed by road safety campaigners who said the new law is "vitally important".
The new plans would see dangerous drivers who cause serious injuries jailed for up to five years, which doubles the current two-year maximum sentence for drivers who seriously injure but do not kill their victims.
Campaigners said that with the death toll on Britain's roads reaching 1,850 last year, the new law would "help to provide justice to families whose lives have been ripped apart by dangerous drivers".
Justice secretary Kenneth Clarke, who announced the plans, said the Government has listened to victims, their families, judges, MPs and road safety groups in order to come up with the changes.
Senior campaigns officer of road safety charity Brake, Ellen Booth, said: "This new offence finally means that serious injury is recognised within the title of the offence, and this recognition is vitally important to victims and their families."
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