Politicians to consider technology to put brakes on Police pursuits

THE POLICE FORCE and members of the public are welcoming the latest step taken to rid our roads of high speed pursuits.

After years of petitioning by the Police Union, and following the recent horrific injuries suffered by a member of the force in Queensland, it’s been agreed that politicians around the country will have serious discussions about making Remote Engine Immobilisers compulsory in all new cars.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan has successfully placed the issue on the agenda of the nation’s Ministerial Council of Police and Emergency Management Ministers.


With the rapid development of in-car technologies Police Minister Ryan says it’s time to start a conversation about how to improve road safety.

“Remote Engine Immobilisers could be used to slow and take control of a stolen car and thereby greatly reduce the possibility of high-speed chases involving police,” Mr Ryan explained.

“In-car technology is expanding at an extraordinary rate: self-parking cars are already a reality, autonomous vehicles already exist.

“Remote Engine Immobiliser technology is already available in cars, you can see it demonstrated on the internet.”

The technology has been available in the US and Canada since 2009.

The RACQ agreed that it was a vital next step.

“The technology exists, we need to see manufacturers adopt it more widely and show consumers how it can make their vehicles safer and more secure,” Technical and Safety director Steve Spalding said.

Constable Peter McAulay, 24, was critically injured after being hit by a stolen car at Ipswich | Source: Supplied (Qld Police)

Queensland Police Union President Ian Leavers has been campaigning for the introduction of the technology over the last five years.

“This remote engine immobiliser technology is available right now and if we mandated it in all new cars sold, as we have previously done with ABS brakes and airbags, then it a few years’ time, most cars on the road would possess this technology,” Mr Leavers said.

“So I call on all governments across Australia to support our proposals,” he added.

The issue was thrown into the spotlight recently, when Constable Peter MacAulay (pictured above) was critically injured when hit by a stolen car in Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

He is continuing his recovery in a Brisbane hospital.

While two teenagers have been charged with attempted murder after their allegedly stolen car hit the 24-year-old as he laid road spikes in a bid to stop them in late September.