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LNP demands harsher hit and run penalties

9th January 2019

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki is calling for an increase in penalties for hit and run offenders in Queensland.

"The laws dealing with hit and run offences are clearly inadequate and Queenslanders are demanding change," Mr Janetzki said.

"We believe hit and run offenders who callously flee the scene should serve time behind bars.

"Currently, the maximum penalty for hit and run offences in Queensland is 3 year's jail. Most other states have a minimum of 5 to 10 years.

"Callous hit and run offenders are receiving a slap on the wrist or in other words a 'wholly suspended sentence' and frankly this is not good enough.

"We are calling on the Palaszczuk Government to review the current law and bring Queensland penalties into line with other states."

Mr Janetzki said recent incidents, including the death of 24-year-old Scott Bradley in September, 2016, highlighted the inadequacy of our current laws.

"We are also calling on the Attorney-General to appeal the weak sentence given to Troy Anthony Salam who hit and killed Scott Bradley and received an 18 month wholly suspended sentence," Mr Janetzki said.

"She still has time to appeal and I urged her to do so in my letter of 21 December.

"Families of hit and run victims are suffering enough and they need to know that their loved one's life was properly valued by the law.

"Knowingly fleeing an accident and leaving an injured or dead person behind is a despicable act and offenders should be held accountable.

"We need to ensure Queensland is brought in line with other states by increasing the punishment to fit the crime."