Prison terms to rise for speeding drivers

Speeding drivers will face harsher penalties under reforms agreed by parliament on Tuesday.

This content was published on December 20, 2011 minutes and agencies

The House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting in favour of increased prison terms for drivers caught racing, overtaking dangerously or breaking the speed limit excessively.

Under the reform, such drivers risk a prison sentence of between one and four years, a year more than the current law.

The penalties will apply to drivers caught doing 70 kilometres per hour in a 30 zone, 100km/h in a 50 zone and 140km/h in an 80 zone.

The House of Representatives also voted to maintain a law which allows the courts to confiscate the cars of repeat offenders of road laws.

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