Category: Traffic Law

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 15 to 21 October 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Anti-Fake News Laws: Preventing Misinformation or Silencing Dissent? Many believe laws against ‘fake news’ are more about silencing critics of the government than reducing misinformation. Click here to read the article Peter Dutton’s Office Under Investigation Australian Federal Police raided ...

Government May Remove Speed Camera ‘Warning’ Signs


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim A report released on 18 October 2018 by the NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has suggested that New South Wales remove signs that alert motorists to upcoming speed cameras, on the basis they reduce road safety. Ms Crawford says the signs – which give speeding motorists an opportunity to slow ...

Which Cases Are Heard in the Children’s Court?


The Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (‘the Act’) sets out many of the rules relating to criminal and traffic law proceedings involving those under the age of 18 years in New South Wales. Section 5 of the Act provides that no child under the age of 10 can be guilty of an offence. This is ...

Despite Fatalities, NSW Police Increase the Use of Lethal Pursuits


A NSW police highway patrol car slammed into the vehicle of Gai Vieira at an intersection in Cronulla on 5 September. At the time of the collision, the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officer was in pursuit of another driver who was reportedly using their mobile phone. As a result of the accident, Ms Vieira suffered ...

How Do Red Light Cameras Work?


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A new red light speed camera began operating at the intersection of East Street and Moss Street in Nowra on 17 September. The intersection now joins one of 170-odd others across NSW that are fitted out with these devices. Red light cameras were initially rolled out in this state ...

Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim Low-range drink driving is where a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.79 millilitres per 210 litres of breath. The maximum penalty when it’s the driver’s first major traffic offence within 5 years is an ‘automatic’ licence disqualification of 6 months – which can be reduced ...

Arresting Drivers for Using Cold and Flu Tablets Will Not Save Lives


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey has announced there will be an expansion of substances that can ‘influence’ drivers for the purpose of laws against driving under the influence (DUI). She has also announced a strategy designed to assess whether individuals on the Opioid Treatment Program are fit to drive. ...

NSW Police Criticised for Targeting ‘Absurd’ Offence


Residents in the Illawarra region, north of Wollongong, are angry about being targeted for an offence which has been described as ‘obscure’, ‘trivial’ and even ‘absurd’. The offence Regulation 213 of the Road Rules 2014 (NSW) is titled ‘making a motor vehicle secure’ and imposes a range of rules on drivers who are away from ...

New Road Laws: Tougher DUI Penalties, Targeting Phone Use and Cocaine Testing


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim On 1 July, a series of new road safety laws will come into effect across New South Wales. The new laws will add cocaine to the list of drugs police test drivers for, significantly increase the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, and implement ...

Digital Driver Licences are On the Way


The NSW government plans to phase out plastic driver licences and replace them with digital ones, making the new version available on smartphones through the Service NSW app. It says digital licences will work the same way as current ones, valid for roadside police checks, entry into pubs and clubs and proof of identity. It ...