Category: Traffic Law

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 ...

Drug Driving Laws Criminalise the Legal Use of Cannabis


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Berejiklian government announced in January that NSW police are set to more than double the number of roadside drug tests they conduct from 97,000 to 200,000 a year by 2020. And along with more tests, another drug will be added to the list that officers test for. As of ...

Victoria Police Officers Faked 250,000 Breath Tests – But Won’t be Punished


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The revelations that Victorian police officers who systematically reported fake breath tests will not face disciplinary action is further evidence that officers are being permitted to engage in misconduct without repercussions. The story so far An investigation revealed that in the past five years, Victorian police officers faked 258,000 ...

Give Distance to Cyclists or Face the Consequences


The Minimum Passing Distance rule has been retained as a permanent road rule in New South Wales, after a trial of the rule was hailed a success. The rule requires motorists to leave a minimum one-metre gap when passing cyclists who are travelling in the same direction. That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when ...

NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct


Last month, the New South Wales government announced it would be trialling high-tech cameras capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far away as a kilometre, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. The crackdown came after two police officers were injured when a van crashed into an RBT site earlier this year. ...

Testicles May Have Caused Symptoms After Crash, Not Drugs


A NSW judge who sentenced a man to a minimum of more than two years prison for causing a fatal car crash, says she could not be certain that illegal drugs caused his erratic driving, despite a blood test establishing the presence of THC and Amphetamines in his system. Guilty plea 34-year old Stephen Farquhar ...