People who face serious dangerous driving charges are expected to lose a presumption in favour of bail in a proposed law change the ACT government is expected to support.
Labor backbencher Marisa Paterson introduced a bill to amend the Bail Act 1992 to the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
The bill would remove the presumption for bail for people charged with culpable driving, driving at police, and furious, reckless or dangerous driving.
"Currently, persons who have committed the most serious driving offences are provided a presumption for bail, irrespective of repeat offences," an explanatory statement tabled in the Assembly said.
"Culpable, furious, reckless or dangerous driving of motor vehicles and driving of a motor vehicle at a police, creates a very substantial risk of serious harm to the community."
An Assembly committee inquiry into dangerous driving this year recommended the ACT change the bail laws to have a neutral presumption of bail for serious driving offences.
Dr Paterson told the Assembly dangerous driving had plagued Canberra's community and it was important to act quickly to change the laws.
"Many of these people are repeat offenders, out on bail for very similar, often aggravated, offences. This amendment will require the judiciary to not presume bail, and to assess all the available evidence in the bail application as to the public safety risks that this person may present," Dr Paterson said.
"Shifting the presumption of bail to a neutral one for these most serious dangerous driving offences will position these crimes alongside manslaughter, sexual assault crimes and drug trafficking crimes."
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