Category: Traffic Law

Driver Accumulates 28 Demerit Points in Road Blitz


A driver on the New South Wales Central Coast has accumulated 28 demerit points and fined $1348 after being pulled over by Police for using her phone while driving. A mother, she had all three children in the car’s back seat, but Police noticed that while the kids were in child restraint seats, two of ...

The Offence of Jaywalking in New South Wales


Ever wondered when and where you are permitted to cross a public road in New South Wales? Or what might happen if you cross the road unlawfully? Well here’s an summary of the main rules: You can only start crossing a road at a pedestrian light if the ‘man’ is green, You can only start ...

Double Demerits Over the Easter Long Weekend


Double-demerit points are in in force for an extended period this Easter, to include the Anzac Day holiday. Double-demerits start today and run until April 22, then start again on April 24, and run through until April 28. The double demerit points period applies from 12am today until midnight, meaning there will be a total ...

Calls for Overhaul of Drug Driving Laws


Roadside drug testing was introduced into the NSW setting in 2007. Just like random breath testing (RBT) for alcohol, drug testing drivers was said to be brought in to improve safety on the roads. But, unlike RBT, it doesn’t test for driver impairment. It’s a trace-based program. The NSW testing regime was modelled on that ...

Police Should Test for Impairment Levels of Drugs, Not Minute Traces


On the first weekend of this month, NSW police carried out a roadside alcohol and drug driving blitz in the Northern Rivers region. And while locals aren’t complaining about officers booking drunk drivers, they are opposed to those charged with drug driving as there’s no proof they were impaired. Those living in the northern coastal ...

CCC Clears Police of Misconduct for Waiving Top Cop’s Wife’s Traffic Ticket


Please write By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) has been quick to clear the actions of police who waived a traffic infringement notice issued to the Police Commissioner’s wife. The CCC has found no misconduct in the process by which police withdrew the ticket issued to Carol Stewart, ...

Driver Fined for Leaving Car Unlocked at Sydney Service Station


Ben Judd was on his way to work last Friday morning when he pulled into the BP service station at Woollahra to grab a meat pie. The Sydney driver returned to his vehicle to find a penalty notice in the sum of $112 for failing to lock his car door. ‘It is alleged that at ...

Stop Imprisoning People for Unpaid Fines


The Western Australian Government is under mounting pressure to revoke laws which imprison people for unpaid fines. WA is the only jurisdiction in Australia where you can go directly to prison for unpaid fines. Many of the people who fall foul of this law are poor or otherwise vulnerable, and according to statistics, more than ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 3 to 9 December 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Woman Commences Private Prosecution After Police Refuse to Charge her Alleged Attacker A woman has launched a private criminal prosecution after police refused to bring charges against her former partner for allegedly dowsing her with petrol and threatening to set ...

Sydney Criminal Lawyers® Weekly Rundown – Articles from 26 November to 2 December 2018


In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a rundown of the past week’s articles: Teacher Pleads Guilty to Persistent Sexual Abuse of Student The court heard the teacher exploited her teenage student’s ‘caring nature’, ‘stole his innocence’ and left him ‘ashamed and used’. Click here to read the article Sydney Man Sentenced to Death ...