Those caught crossing the South Australian border in breach of COVID-19 restrictions could face up two years’ imprisonment under proposed new laws.

State parliament will consider the laws today, which will propose that the penalty is raised from the current maximum of $20,000 to jail time.

The news follows several cases of people crossing the border from Victoria in breach of COVID-19 rules.

On Monday, three Victorians were caught at Mawson Lakes after illegally crossing the border into SA.

The trio have been sent back to Victoria and will pay combined fines of over $10,000.

The state opposition had been calling for harsher penalties for those who break the state’s border rules since four men caught stowing away on a freight train from Victoria escaped serious penalty.

The proposed penalties will be discussed today with questions asked about whether or not the laws could be applied under the Australian Constitution.

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