Offence Of Dangerous Driving Will Transfer To Criminal Code Act 1924

Offence Of Dangerous Driving Will Transfer To Criminal Code Act 1924

Tasmania Acting Attorney-General Matthew Groom

Strong Action On Dangerous Driving Laws

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government recognises the terrible effects dangerous driving can have in our community and we are taking strong action to ensure it will not be tolerated on our roads, Acting Attorney-General Matthew Groom said.

Dangerous driving has the potential to end lives and tear families apart, and it is vitally important that the right message is sent to deter individuals from driving dangerously on our roads in line with community expectations.

Legislation will be drafted and introduced into the Spring session of Parliament to move the offence of dangerous driving from the Traffic Act 1925 to the Criminal Code Act 1924. By making this charges an indictable offence that can be heard in the Supreme Court it will better reflect the seriousness of the offence. As an indictable offence the maximum sentence will be increased to 21 years.

 

Legislation will also

  • 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.

“These changes come after the Government recently received the Sentencing Advisory Council’s Final Report into the sentencing of driving offences that result in death or injury, and will complement other initiatives designed to keep our roads safe such as our legislation to crack down on Police evaders.” Acting Attorney-General Groom said.