In the state of NSW, the offence of ‘Police Pursuit’ is one of the most serious offences as there have been serious Repercussions to the safety of the public including the police officers because of such an offence in the past on our NSW roads.


The offence of ‘police pursuit’ as is often called ‘Sky’s Law’ and the reason it is referred to as ‘Sky’s Law’ is because a toddler named ‘Skye’ was killed when a driver who was attempting to drive away from the police crashed into Sky’s Parents car.  Section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of Police Pursuit.



Maximum Penalties for a first offence & second offence?

First offence maximum penalty is 3 years imprisonment (It should also be noted that there is a minimum disqualification of 1 year with an automatic period of 3 years off the road). For a second offence the maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment (this also includes if the offender has been convicted of a ‘major offence’ during the 5 year period prior to the commission of this offence).


The Law?

Section 51B of the Crimes Act 1900 states:


‘’(1) The driver of a vehicle— 

(a) who knows, ought reasonably to know or has reasonable grounds to suspect that police officers are in pursuit of the vehicle and that the driver is required to stop the vehicle, and 

(b) who does not stop the vehicle, and 

(c) who then drives the vehicle recklessly or at a speed or in a manner dangerous to others, 

is guilty of an offence. 


: Maximum penalty– 

(a) in the case of a first offence–imprisonment for 3 years, or 

(b) in the case of an offence on a second or subsequent occasion–imprisonment for 5 years.’’


It is very important that you speak with a lawyer so that you can get the appropriate legal advice which you require prior to going to court.


Our team of experienced solicitors are there for you and can help you answer all your questions, so be sure to contact Nicopoulos Sabbagh Lawyers.


*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 28th February 2023.


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