MILDURA Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Mark McDonald is hopeful new Victorian Government legislation will help deter hoon drivers engaging in a police pursuit.
The legislation, which was introduced into state parliament yesterday, allows for hoon drivers engaged in a police pursuit to face three years in jail, as well as mandatory licence disqualification for at least 12 months.
Sgt McDonald said motorists engaged in police pursuits for a number of reasons, ranging from minor traffic offences through to serious criminal offences.
“Mildura Police are unfortunately involved in pursuits on a regular basis. This new legislation is welcome news and hopefully will be a deterrent to those who engage police in pursuits,” he said.
There were more than 720 police pursuits in 2011.
“Offenders who initiate these pursuits place not only themselves at risk of serious injury or death, but also members of the public and the pursuing police,” Sgt McDonald said.
Police and Emergency Services Minister Peter Ryan said incidents of police pursuits had increased annually since 2002.
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