Category: Traffic Law

MDT Set to Target Cocaine Users


The Australian federal government has been testing the nation’s sewage again in its continued effort to combat organised crime. The National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program tests for levels of thirteen illicit and licit substances present in wastewater at treatment plants around the country. The program’s second annual report outlines that more cocaine continues to be used ...

Death of Elijah Doughty: No Justice for Indigenous People


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The verdict in the trial of the Kalgoorlie man who fatally ran over Elijah Doughty in August last year, has laid bare the inherent racism in the Australian criminal justice system. Last Friday, the 56-year-old non-Indigenous man – whose identity has been suppressed by the court – was cleared of ...

Top Ten Suburbs for Speeding in NSW


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The top ten hotspots for speeding offences in NSW have been identified; and some of them may surprise you. The Sydney suburb of Mascot, near the airport, seems an unlikely place to be caught speeding, as traffic is often jammed and when it starts to move, it does so ...

Driver Who Collided with Cyclists Appeals Sentence


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 16 March 2014, Thomas Kerr was travelling in his black 4-wheel drive northbound along Southern Cross Drive in Eastlakes, when he ran into the back of seven cyclists from the Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club. It was a dry day, with clear visibility, and Mr Kerr had been traveling ...

Disqualified Drivers: When Does An Additional Disqualification Period Commence?


Traffic laws are complex and ever-changing, and our experience is that disqualified drivers are often misadvised about when any further disqualification period for a new offence (one committed while they were disqualified) will commence. That advice can lead to disappointment and frustration, as the driver may leave court under the misapprehension that their further disqualification ...

Drug Driving Charges Are On the Rise


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Back in December 2015, the NSW government announced it was tripling the amount of roadside drug testing police were carrying out annually to 97,000 tests by 2017. And not surprisingly, the amount of people being charged with drug driving has more than tripled. Over the 24 months ending in June last year, ...

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 ...

Police Powers to Stop, Require Identification and Search in NSW


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Being confronted on the street or pulled over by a police officer can be a nerve-wracking experience. Even if you haven’t done anything wrong, you may feel concerned and anxious about how the situation will pan out, or even worried that you may have broken a law you didn’t ...

Police Minister Pleads Ignorance of the Law


Just in case you missed the media frenzy this week, NSW Police Minister Troy Grant hit the headlines claiming he did not know that using a mobile phone while driving is unlawful. Mr Grant was a police officer for 22 years, before entering politics in 2010. He has been the police minister since January this ...

Government Bureaucracy Impedes Access to Medicinal Cannabis


Australian health minister Greg Hunt announced last week that medical marijuana will be more readily available within the next eight weeks. He said the government will ensure the fast tracking of the importation of cannabis based medicines. This relaxing of the laws will authorise an international company to export their medicine to Australia to fill the gap ...