Following in the wake of the most hotly discussed topic on Riotact – The hit and run on Clea Rose – I propose a civilised discussion on how to fix the problem.
Ask any Copper and they could probably tell you the names of 10 car theives who are out on bail and continue to steal cars,without even thinking about it. They would also tell you that everyone of those car theives would run from Police becoming a potential tradgedy like which befell Clea Rose.
The change I believe needs to come at a legislation and Court level.
Currently there is no offence which adequately reflects the danger the public is in when someone runs from Police in a motor vehicle. There are plenty of traffic type offences that can be applied although nothing specific like ‘ using a car to get the hell out of dodge while putting the public at serious risk of death’.
Is a serious type offence the answer? Does there need to be mandatory sentencing for people who run?
Does there need to be legislation changes to require engine imobilisers on all vehicles to stop the cars being stolen in the first place? Does the Govt. need to subsidise the imobilisers? Is the cost of subsidising imobilisers less than the cost of car thefts? I would think that the friends and family of Clea would agree that any cost is a viable option to stop this type of thing happening again.
Who needs to be lobbied for this to happen? Can Riotact back something along these lines if people agree – some sort of partition.