Road Safety Act changes to keep dangerous drivers off the road

In the wake of a soaring road toll the State Government has legislated changes to the Road Safety Act 1986 in a bid to keep dangerous drivers off Victorian roads.

Changes to the Road Safety Act 1986 and the new Road Safety (Drivers) Regulations 2019 came into effect late last month and are expected to reduce dangerous behaviour on the roads and enable further enforcement by police.

Important notices delivered in the mail, such as demerit point notices, will now be deemed served even if they’re returned undelivered.

An overhaul of the demerit point system means driving offences related to licence suspension or cancellation will breach the extended demerit point period.

These offences do not have to incur demerit points to breach the period and demerit point suspensions will run at the same time as other licence suspensions or cancellations, as they currently do for serious driving offences.

Central Goldfields Highway Patrol Senior Constable Paul Schroeder said while the changes are a “good thing” for road safety, it’s also a community responsibility.

“Anything that we can do to try and deter people from breaching the road rules and driving in a manner that’s not safe for everyone else is a good thing,” he said.

“At the end of the day I don’t think anyone necessarily wants to use a stick to make sure people do the right thing, we’d rather people realise they shouldn’t drive dangerously or recklessly.

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