Andrea Vance reports:
Drivers who try to outrun police should have their vehicle impounded and licence suspended on a first offence, Labour leader Phil Goff says.
So far this year 15 people have died on the roads during police pursuits. Police engage in 2500 pursuits every year and one in four of those ends up in a crash, Mr Goff said.
Mr Goff said a Labour government would tighten the laws on failure to stop. Current proposals involve tougher penalties for repeat offenders.
”But I believe that we need to act more strongly on the very first offence,” he said. ” I say the blame rests fairly and squarely with the drivers who are trying to outrun the police.”
Absolutely. Some welcome common sense.
He outlined three options to the Police Association in Wellington this morning.
– toughening up existing provisions in the law such as mandatory licence suspension and impoundment of a vehicle on a first offence
– failure to stop to become a qualifying offence under sections 128 and 129 of the Sentencing act 2002 – which means the offender’s vehicle would be a risk of confiscation
– a new law that introduces new offences with serious terms of imprisonment as a penalty, similar to one about to be passed in New South Wales
”You can’t afford to wait for two or three offences or for someone to die before you get serious. Drivers who fail to stop…don’t deserve a second chance.”
One strike and you’re out! I love it.
Fleeing the Police does need to carry incredibly high deterrents. Far too many die at the hands of these criminals.