Road Trauma

Every year in WA, thousands of people are impacted by road trauma. Losing family and friends, dealing with injuries, caring for those injured, causing or witnessing a serious crash can have a devastating impact. Many people will cope with grief and trauma without needing professional assistance however some people may experience ongoing or highly distressing symptoms that may interfere with their normal life.

Road Trauma Support WA is a state-wide service assisting anyone affected by road trauma, regardless of when the incident occurred or what level of involvement (direct or indirect) the person had.


Vehicle Crimes

These crimes or law infringements relate to motor vehicles.

A motor vehicle is defined under the Road Traffic Act 1974 as a self-propelled vehicle that is not operated on rails. It includes a trailer, semi-trailer or caravan attached to a motor vehicle.

For information on drinking and driving offences, visit the Anti-social behaviour section of this website.

Traffic offences

Traffic offences include:

  • Speeding
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (‘drink driving’ or ‘drug driving’)
  • Hooning (organised street racing or reckless driving)
  • Driving without a licence.

Stealing a motor vehicle

Unlawfully using a vehicle without the consent of the owner or the person in charge of that motor vehicle.

Penalties include imprisonment for up to 14 years.

Vehicle rebirthing

Vehicle rebirthing means transferring the identification parts from a damaged or wrecked car (e.g. registration plates or compliance plate) onto a stolen car of the same make and model. It enables the stolen car to be sold with the identity of the wreck.