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I’ve Received a Fine in NSW, What Happens Now?

by Jarryd Bartle
Receiving a fine is already a frustrating experience, but struggling to find out how to pay your fine or to check your balance can make things even worse. Here’s some general information about what fines are, how to check if...

How Does the NSW Demerit Point Suspension Scheme Work?

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
At around 1 am on Christmas day this year, NSW Central West highway patrol officers pulled over a Nissan Skyline on the Newell Highway near Parkes to randomly breathalyse the driver. However, on checking the details of his licence, officers...

Butt Tossers Face Heavy Fines and Demerit Points

by Sonia Hickey
In the wake of devastating bush fires across New South Wales, and a countryside that’s in the midst of drought, the state government has introduced tough new penalties for anyone who tosses a cigarette butt from a car window. New...

Drivers Warned They Face Fines for Dirty Cars

by Sonia Hickey
Yes, the country is in drought. But water restrictions are no excuse for not washing your car, as far as New South Wales police are concerned. Having a dirty vehicle is an offence and it comes with serious penalties. In...

Thousands of Drivers Allegedly Caught by Mobile Phone Detection Cameras

by Sonia Hickey
Just over a week ago, the New South Wales Government introduced new mobile phone detection cameras across the state. During that period, more than 3,000 drivers have allegedly been caught illegally using their phones while driving. Around 45 fixed and...

The Wild Horses Sting? Police Breath and Drug Test Patrons Evacuating Festival

by Paul Gregoire
At around 9.30 am on Monday 9 December, word went around punters camped out at the Wild Horses festival in Victoria’s Marysville that an announcement had been made regarding an alleged police order that the site be immediately evacuated due...

Roadside Drug Testing Devices Are Unreliable, Study Reveals

by Paul Gregoire
Over the last five years, as the NSW Liberal Nationals government has been ramping up roadside drug testing – doubling the number of tests to 200,000 by next year – so too has the chorus of criticism about the testing...

Changes to the 40KM/H “Slow Down, Move Over” Road Rule

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
As of this Thursday, the year-old New South Wales rule requiring vehicles to slow down to 40 km/h when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road will be changed. Since 1 September 2018, the “slow down, move over”...

The Current “Extraordinary Emergency” Justifies Breaking the Law

by Paul Gregoire
The 6 August marked Rebellion Day in Meanjin-Brisbane. The day of action saw Extinction Rebellion activists shutdown four key city intersections to protest against government inaction on the climate emergency. And for their trouble, around 90 protesters were arrested by...

Are There Situations Where a Person Who ‘Confesses’ Should Plead ‘Not Guilty’?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Tim Watkins was only 22 years old when he was left for dead by the side of Wilsons Creek Road earlier this year. He was riding his bicycle home from a mates’ house shortly after midnight on a road he...
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