Category: Traffic Law

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Government is setting harsher penalties for drink and drug affected drivers. Twenty-eight people died on NSW roads during the 2017-2018 summer holiday period – more than double the previous year. And 2017 was the third year in a row that the yearly road toll increased, ...

Police Help Teens Learn to Drive


It’s not often we hear good news stories about police officers these days – with recent headlines dominated by reports of ‘bad cops’, bullying, police corruption and misconduct, right around Australia. But in an act of goodwill, officers in the Northern NSW town of Casino recently helped twenty disadvantaged youths to get their driver licences ...

Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on January 15 that the state government will be toughening  drug driving penalties and increasing the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs), which is concerning to many given that the current regime is fundamentally flawed. NSW police will be doubling the number of MDTS from 100,000 ...

NSW Drivers Will Be Tested For Cocaine


With the New South Wales road toll at its highest in eight years, the state government is introducing tough new measures including doubling the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs) and adding cocaine to the list of tested substances. 397 people died on the state’s roads in 2017, and the holiday road toll more than ...

Holiday Road Toll Climbs Despite Millions Spent on Road Safety


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW road toll continues to climb, despite extra spending by the NSW government on programs marketed as road safety initiatives and more police officers on highway patrol. Last financial year, the state government set aside $300 million for roads in its annual budget, including $70 million for road ...

Unaccompanied L-Plater Charged with Driving Under the Influence


A learner-driver is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence and unaccompanied after being pulled over by police on the Northern Rivers. The story so far Police signalled 23-year old Mr Squires to pull over after allegedly seeing him driving erratically at Kyogle Road at Mount Burrell, near Nimbin. Officers reported suspecting he was ...

Fatigue: The Silent Killer on Our Roads


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Charges of negligent driving occasioning death have been brought against a Sydney Uber driver, reminding motorists to check ourselves for fatigue while on the road this summer. The driver will face court in January after allegedly accelerating while a passenger was leaving his car, sending the man into the ...

Australia’s First Cyborg Rights Case: An Interview with Biohacker Meow-Meow


Back in June, a Sydney man made headlines when he had the chip from an Opal card inserted just below the skin in his left hand, so he could travel the local transport network without having to fumble around for his card. The man is well-known biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. His experimental transport card ...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back


The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are a disqualified driver, you may apply for the removal of all disqualification periods where: Any ...

Stop Testing Drivers for Minute Traces of Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Most Australian states and territories currently carry out mobile drug testing (MDT) operations that only test for three illicit substances: amphetamines, MDMA and cannabis. In Tasmania and the Northern Territory, police test for longer lists of illegal drugs. In NSW, authorities have recently announced trial testing for cocaine will begin later this ...