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.