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VIC Police give up road chases, except in rare cases

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' started by oldcorollas, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. Vic police pull handbrake on pursuits
    Victoria Police revises vehicle pursuit policy, permitting car chases only when public safety threatened - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Assistant Commissioner Hill said the new policy would reduce the risk of serious crashes.

    "There is very, very few [occasions] where a fleeing driver stops after he's made a conscious decision to flee police," he said.

    "Us pursuing them only exacerbates their behaviours. They drive at high speeds, they travel and drive more erratically, it's just creating more risks on our roads.

    "That's what we're trying to eliminate.

    "Fundamentally, the reason we're engaging in pursuits are for minor traffic offences. People involved, the large majority... have been affected by alcohol or drugs or both."

    He said it would not mean offenders would "get away" with crimes, but rather they would be investigated and possibly arrested later.

    "This is not a green light for people to just disobey and ignore direction from police to stop," Assistant Commissioner Hill said.

    "If they choose to flee... they will be held to account, maybe not there and then, but down the track."

    Victoria Police pursuit policy:
    Members must not initiate or continue a pursuit unless they believe that there is an urgent need to apprehend the vehicle occupant/s because:
    • It is necessary to prevent a serious risk to public health and safety
    • A criminal offence has been committed, or is about to be committed, which involves serious injury to a person
    • Alternative means for apprehending the vehicle occupant/s are not feasible
    • The overall harm they are seeking to prevent is greater than the risks involved in conducting the pursuit
  2. i thought this was going to be a video of a highway patrol ripping a sick handbrake turn
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  3. Most of this fleeing crap (along with ram raids) were stopped almost completely in the UK by the introduction of readily available police helicopters. If they're less than 5 minutes away, they can easily follow and allow the ground 'pursuit' to follow out of sight and without public risk.

    Unfortunately the old days of ASTRO (Air Support To Routine Operations) are long gone, and response times for Air 490 (or similar) are too long for this to be effective. But it was a great job, stooging around as an airborne divvie van!
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  4. Don't underestimate the number plate recognition cameras's fitted onto certain patrol cars...no point running if they have your numberplate.
    They will only just meet you at home ;)

    Knowing Victoria you will be bound to run a red or go trigger a speed camera as while you escape.
  5. Unless it is a stolen vehicle
  6. With the number of cameras around, not pursuing isn't that big a loss. Just a bit more detective work.

    Weren't fleeing penalties recently increased?
  7. I agree that it's not worth an innocent 3rd party having serious trauma to try and intercept a vehicle for a minor traffic infringement which is what the news was mostly targeting last night.

    However I'm concerned that there doesn't seem to be much coverage on potential side effects, and that this is being ignored.

    Could this - combined with the potential for a $40k fine for drug affected drink drivers actually encourage those on drugs to seek out how to benefit from this new policy? Could this mean an increase in joy rides because joy riders believe they have a better chance of 'getting away with it'? An increase in fake number plates (especially for drivers who may be unlicensed) being used, and when intercepted all they have to do is speed off to get away?

    With no way to track them back to their actual location I can see this being a handy proposition for these kinds of drivers. It seems as though the government is introducing a law that will mainly target the already law abiding citizens and letting the other get away with even more.

    This could just fuel statistics to show a reduction in drug affected drivers (because they're not intercepted, not because there's less) and an increase in drive offs - thus giving the impression that the new drug driving regulations are more effective than they really are?
  8. For stolen plates, point 3 of the policy. If no other way to catch them.

    For drunk/druggo drivers, that probably comes under point 4, but still a decision needs to be made