Legislative changes boost police powers at crash scenes

07 Mar 2017

Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia has welcomed changes to Western Australian law that will increase the power of WA Police at the scene of fatal and serious crashes. 
 
The Road Traffic Legislation Amendment Act 2016 will enable WA Police to require compulsory blood and/or urine tests from drivers or suspected drivers involved in an accident which results in death or serious injury. 
 
The time limit for taking blood or urine samples where death or serious injury has occurred has also been extended from four to 12 hours from the time of the incident. 
 
Mr Papalia said the amendments were crucial for WA Police to fully investigate serious crashes. 
 
“In the past, only medical practitioners or registered nurses were permitted to take blood or urine samples from drivers or suspected drivers in fatal or serious injury crashes,” said Mr Papalia. 
 
“However, these crash blood provisions will also allow WA Police and a wider range of prescribed people to obtain that crucial evidence at the scene.” 
 
The provisions are scheduled to commence on March 10th 2017. 

NEWS & MEDIA LIAISON:

Claire Thomas

claire.thomas@rsc.wa.gov.au

0467 802 855