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Trevor Collett | May, 16 2013 | 21 Comments

The South Australian Government has proposed a change to the wording of its dangerous driving laws to include actions on private property.

In its current form, the legislation specifies harm to a member of the public but effectively excludes acts of dangerous driving committed on private property.

South Australian Attorney-General John Rau told News Ltd this week that he hoped to follow New South Wales’ legislation, the reach of which extends to an offence “on private or public land”.

"Dangerous driving is dangerous driving, whether it occurs on a suburban street or on a private property," Mr Rau said.

"These changes are about ensuring that if a person drives dangerously on a private property, they may face the same consequences as if their actions occurred on a public road."

Graeme O’Dea from South Australian motoring group, the RAA, said the group would support the move in general but would examine the legislation more closely.

"Nobody should get off for causing somebody's death in a motor vehicle, whether it is on a public road or a private farm or some other area," Mr O’Dea said.

"We would certainly support legislation to ensure that drivers causing serious injury or death would be culpable."

South Australia’s road toll for 2013 at the end of April stood at 38, up two from the same time last year.

Photo: Shayne T Wright.

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