I am very pleased the Government’s legislation to crack down on dangerous driving has today passed the Legislative Council.
Dangerous driving is a scourge that can result in lives being lost and families being torn apart, and these strong laws will send the right message that it will not be tolerated on our roads.
The offence of dangerous driving will now move from the Traffic Act 1925 to the Criminal Code Act 1924, resulting in the maximum penalty for a first offence being increased from two years to 21 years imprisonment. This also means that dangerous driving will now become an indictable offence and heard in the Supreme Court, better reflecting the seriousness of the offence.
Additionally, the legislation will:
The Hodgman Government is committed to being strong on crime, keeping dangerous offenders off our streets and keeping Tasmanians safe.