Category: Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving and the Law


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Driving charges are some of the most commonly heard matters in New South Wales Local Courts. Whether it’s drink driving (DUI or P.C.A.), speeding or a case involving serious harm, tens of thousands of driving cases end up before magistrates in our state’s courts every year. Dangerous driving Dangerous ...

Bail Laws to be Toughened in Wake of Bourke Street Tragedy


As Australia mourns the victims of a senseless tragedy, the Victorian government has vowed to make the state ‘safer’. In the wake of last Friday’s Bourke Street tragedy which killed five people including a three-month-old baby boy and a 10-year-old girl, and left 30 people seriously injured, details are emerging about the life of alleged ...

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll


Almost 1300 people died on our roads last year, making 2016 the second successive year to see a rise in the figures, after decades of decline. The increase has left many trying to figure out why. Since 1970, when the national road toll reached more than 3,000, millions of dollars have been poured into public ...

Police Want Power to Ram Cars During High-Speed Pursuits


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim. Western Australia police are demanding the power to ram cars they’re pursuing, without having to face legal repercussions if the action results in death. At a press conference last Thursday, George Tilbury, president of the WA Police Union, called on the Barnett government to introduce legislation allowing police to ...

Pair Accused of Stealing Dying Woman’s Handbag


Police on the Central Coast of NSW have described the alleged act of stealing a handbag from a critically wounded woman as she lay trapped in a car crash as ‘disgusting’. Jason Hall and Silvia Schreuder have appeared at Gosford Local Court charged with offences relating to theft and using stolen credit cards. Police allege ...

The $45 Million Phone Call


A Sydney man is facing commercial drug supply charges after being pulled over for using a mobile phone while driving. 26-year-old Neil Deep Roy of Hornsby was driving his Mitsubishi Outlander through Chinatown while speaking on his mobile phone. Police saw and pulled him over near Thomas Street, Haymarket before allegedly forming a ‘suspicion on ...

The Devastating Impact of Criminal Prosecutions


By Blake O’Connor and Ugur Nedim 37-year-old Ian Jeffrey Wells, a volunteer firefighter with the Rural Fire Service, says he is again being dragged before the courts after being acquitted in relation to a fatal crash in 2012. The case is a reminder that even after being vindicated by the ‘justice’ system, criminal proceedings can ...

NZ Man Dies Inside Australian Immigration Detention Centre


The recent death of a New Zealand man inside Villawood Detention Centre has raised further concerns about Australia’s treatment of those held inside the privately run facility. Rob Peihopa, 42, was found unconscious by staff at Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney just before 10pm last Monday. Mr Peihopa was facing deportation to New Zealand, and ...

Beating a Drink Driving Case, Naturally


A New York woman who was charged with drink driving has had the charges dropped after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition which causes her body to produce alcohol. The woman, who cannot be named, was pulled over after allegedly being observed driving erratically in October 2014. A breath test returned a reading of ...

Sneezing: A Defence Against Driving Charges?


Negligent, reckless and dangerous driving charges often follow collisions where a person is seriously hurt. As discussed in a previous blog, drivers must be acting voluntarily to be found guilty of driving offences. Being asleep, acting under duress (under threat), or automatism (involuntarily) are all possible defences to driving charges: but what about a violent ...