Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death

Looking at sentencing outcomes in Queensland between 1 July 2005 and 30 June 2017 for dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, this research found:

  • a total of 363 offenders were sentenced
  • 33.5% of offenders were adversely affected by alcohol/drugs – one of four aggravating circumstances for this offence
  • the average age of offenders was 32 and 82% of offenders were males.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders made up 8.9% of all sentenced offenders
  • 52.8% of offenders had no previous criminal history
  • 88.6% of all offenders sentenced with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death as their most serious offence (MSO) pleaded guilty
  • 99.4% received a custodial penalty, with the average sentence of imprisonment being 5.2 years.
  • there were no repeat offenders for this specific offence during the 12-year data period.

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