Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



23 August 2017

Matthew Groom, Acting Attorney-General

Stronger penalties for dangerous driving clears Parliament

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:

  • increase the maximum sentences applicable where an individual is found guilty of negligent driving causing death by one year
  • increase the maximum sentences applicable where an individual is found guilty of negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm by six months
  • allow alternative convictions for negligent driving causing death or grievous bodily harm where an offender is charged with dangerous driving causing death or grievous bodily harm and the offence is not proved, provided there is sufficient evidence to prove the alternative offence.

The Hodgman Government is committed to being strong on crime, keeping dangerous offenders off our streets and keeping Tasmanians safe.



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