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Predatory Driving Offences

Crimes Act 1900 Section 51A defines predatory driving as when a driver of a moving vehicle while in pursuit or travelling closely with another vehicle, drives in such a manner that causes or threatens to cause an impact involving the other vehicle or the predatory driver intends to cause actual bodily harm to the person/s in the other vehicle.

By impact, the law means impact with another vehicle, person or object or it could be that the vehicle overturns or leaves the road. For this type of dangerous driving, the violation is punishable by imprisonment. Also, conviction under this law provision does not preclude prosecution for any other offence. Hence, multiple penalties may be imposed for the violation.

The maximum penalty for the offence of predatory driving is a fine of $100,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment.

Traffic offences are considered "Major Offences" under the law and thus attract heavy fines, periods of licence disqualification and possibly terms of imprisonment.

Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.

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