Tougher penalties for drivers fleeing police

  • 21/10/2015
Tougher penalties for drivers fleeing police

By Ranjani Ponnuchetty

The Government has announced their intention to introduce stronger and more targeted penalties for drivers who fail to stop for police.

On average 2300 drivers flee from officers each year.

Police Minister Michael Woodhouse says there needs to be harsher consequences for those who fail to stop.

The Government will be increasing existing mandatory driver license disqualification periods for fleeing drivers.

"Six months for the first offence, 12 months for the second offence, and 24 months for the third and subsequent offences," says Mr Woodhouse.

Courts will also now be given the discretion to confiscate and sell the offender's car for any first offenses.