WESTERN Australia is claiming the toughest protection for police involved in pursuits of stolen cars under new laws passed by the state government.
WA police had threatened to ban pursuits unless new laws were passed.
The controversial legislation ratified on Thursday stipulates penalties for drivers who kill or injure road users or drive recklessly while fleeing police.
A mandatory minimum 12-month jail term will await any driver who tries to escape police and then engages in dangerous driving that causes death or serious injury.
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