Scully shuns Kenny?s plan

By ED SOUTHORN

THE NSW government has no plans to confiscate the cars of repeat drink-driving offenders, but will keep an "open mind" about the idea suggested by the Tweed's top cop.

"We already have a strong deterrent in place ? we take their licences off them," a spokesman for Minister for Police Carl Scully (pictured) told the Daily News yesterday.

He said there were no plans to consider changes to drink- driving legislation to give police extra powers to confiscate drink-drivers' cars.

"But we always keep an open mind, especially when considering suggestions from police.

"And we are always open to strengthening police powers."

Mr Scully's spokesman was commenting after Tweed/Byron Police Commander Superintendent Michael Kenny suggested drink-drivers have their cars confiscated for three months.

Supt Kenny raised the idea after a crisis forum last week called to consider ways to tackle the appalling drink- driving statistics in the Tweed/ Byron police region, which has had the highest number of drink- driving offences in NSW in four of the past five years.

The forum was attended by Tweed MP Neville Newell, Richmond MP Justine Elliot, Magistrate Jeff Linden, Tweed Shire road safety officer Ray Clark and Daily News chief of staff Brad Ricks.

Mr Newell indicated at the time he would raise the proposal to confiscate offenders' cars with Mr Scully.

Mr Scully's spokesman said repeat drink-driving offenders who had lost their licences were well aware they could possibly be jailed for repeat offences.

"There will always be law breakers, we can't tie their hands together or physically restrain them.

He said there had been no formal request from the Tweed for drink drivers' cars to be confiscated.

If such a request was to be considered, it would need to be referred to the Premier and Attorney General.



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