$500k Fines Coming for Causing Death by Careless Driving

Motorists charged with careless driving leading to a collision could face a maximum fine of $500,000 and up to five years in prison if someone is killed as a result of their actions.

That’s if the bill to amend the Road Traffic Act is passed in the Senate. Other provisions will see stiffer fines for motorists who break the speed limit, drunk drivers and those who use electronic devices while driving.

Reckless and dangerous drivers are staring at a fine of up to $250,000 or face up to 12 months in prison. That’s one of the new penalties in the bill to amend the Road Traffic Act that was passed on Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

Careless driving carries a fine of up to $500,000 if there’s a collision or 15 days in prison. If someone dies, the careless driver will be facing a maximum of five years in prison in addition to a $500,000 fine.

Other fines under the proposed law will see drunk drivers pay a fine of up to $50,000 or 30 days in prison.

Under the bill, exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 32 kilometres per hour will attract a $15,000 fine. If the speed limit is exceeded by 33 to 49 kilometres per hour the fine will be $30,000. If a motorist exceeds the speed limit by 50 or more kilometres per hour the fine will be $45,000.

Meanwhile, under the proposed law, the use of an electronic communication device while driving will attract a $30,000 fine. Also, the use of an electronic video device within the driver’s line of sight while driving will attract a $30,000 fine. There could also be hefty fines for illegal taxi operators under the proposed law.

Operating a motor vehicle without it being licensed in the prescribed manner will attract a maximum penalty of $30,000 or 30 days in prison.

Route taxis who stray from their route may also face a new maximum fine of $30,000 or 15 days in prison if they operate their vehicles in contravention of the terms of their license.

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