Crackdown on pursuit drivers Karen Collier and Anthony Dowsley July 17, 2007 12:50pm DRIVERS fleeing police and booze buses will have their cars impounded and face stints in jail in a State Government blitz on pursuits. Runaway motorists face tougher penalties including imprisonment, car confiscation and fines of up to $12,892 under the crackdown. They will also lose their licence for at least six months. Drivers failing to stop for police will now face up to six months' prison for a first offence, or 12 months for a subsequent offence. The State Government today also unveiled steeper fines of $6,446 for a first offence and $12,892 for a subsequent offence. The new laws will take effect later this year. Police have impounded more than 2100 cars since laws targeting hoons were introduced last year. Motorists caught drag racing, doing burnouts, reckless speeding, driving while disqualified and other offences can have their cars impounded for 48 hours for a first offence. Cars are confiscated for three months for a second offence, and permanently for a third offence. Runaway drivers will now face the same fate. "These laws are very clear and leave no room for compromise. They build on the anti-hoon laws and will create an even safer Victoria," Mr Cameron said. No Cookies | Herald Sun Justus.