Court calls for tougher sentences for careless drivers causing serious injury in Victoria
Victoria's highest court has ruled that tougher sentences are needed in cases where drivers are found guilty of gross negligence causing serious injury.
A landmark decision handed down by the Court of Appeal dismissed appeals in two cases where offenders claimed penalties were too harsh.
One driver was sentenced to four years, while another received a three-and-a-half year jail term.
"The court rejected their contentions that their sentences were manifestly excessive," a summary of the ruling said.
Each offender "drove with a very high degree of negligence, with a blood alcohol reading greatly in excess of the legal limit and at a speed that far exceeded the applicable limit".
"[Their] conduct involved a grave departure from the standard of care required of a driver," the ruling read.