South Australia Police have been given new powers to revoke licences

South Australia Police have been given new powers to revoke licences

Drivers in South Australia face an immediate driver’s license suspension and up to three years in prison if they drive at “extreme speeds”.

Speeding drivers could have their driving licenses revoked on the spot Thanks to new laws coming into force this week.

South Australia Police now have the power to immediately revoke a driving license committed at “extreme speed”, with those found guilty facing up to three years in prison for their first offence.

The legislation, passed by state legislature in December 2021, defines “extreme speed” as someone driving 55 km/h or more above the speed limit in a zone marked 60 km/h or less.

In speed zones of more than 60 km/h, “extreme speed” is defined as exceeding the specified limit by 80 km/h or more.

In addition to a prison sentence of up to three years, a two-year driving ban can be imposed if the first offense is convicted.

For consequential offenses, the driver’s license suspension can be increased to five years, while a prison sentence of five years can also be imposed.

Although South Australia Police have previously been able to revoke a speeding driver’s licence, the updated laws now give the police greater flexibility.

“These penalties send a strong message to people who choose to threaten the safety of other innocent members of the community by driving at extreme speeds,” Superintendent Bob Gray, officer in Charge Traffic Services Branch, said this week.

“Lethal driving is a criminal offense and will be treated as such by the police.”

Last week, South Australian Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas announced his government was considering new road safety legislation that could see the introduction of a license specifically for high-performance cars.

Ben Zechariah

Ben Zachariah is a veteran Melbourne-based writer and motoring journalist who has worked in the automotive industry for over 15 years. Previously a truck driver, Ben completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021. He is considered an expert in the field of classic car investments.

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