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Driver Who Filmed Dying Police Officer Released from Prison

by Sonia Hickey
The Porsche driver who filmed a dying police officer on the side of the highway last year has been released after spending 10 months behind bars. At the same time, he has been banned by the Australian Securities and Investments...

The Need for a Medicinal Cannabis Driving Defence: An Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The NSW government introduced the state’s much maligned drug driving laws in 2007. The regime criminalises any trace of the psychoactive component of cannabis, THC, in the system whilst driving. The federal government, however, legalised the use of medicinal cannabis...

The Offence of Participation in a Criminal Group in New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
30-year old Dylan Farrell, who once played for the St George Illawarra Dragon and South Sydney Rabbitohs, has been arrested in Nowra, south-east New South Wales. Police say he was arrested at around 8.30am on Thursday, 8 July 2021 when...

Removing Speed Camera Warning Signs: A Cash Cow for the Government

by Sonia Hickey
Government revenue from speeding fines has soared since its decision to remove warning signs for speed cameras. Late last year, the NSW Government decided to remove speed camera signs, to strip back vehicle markings and increase the time police and...

Driving While Using iPads, iPods, TVs, CBs, Sat Navs and Phones in NSW: What Does the Law Say?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The law can be a complex beast, and one of the most confusing are indeed inconsistent areas is traffic law in New South Wales. We recently posted an article about the fact that using Bluetooth to stream music while driving...

Can I Use My Phone’s Bluetooth or Satellite Navigation While Driving in NSW?

by Sonia Hickey
A young single Mum from Sydney has found out the hard way that ignorance of the road rules is not an acceptable defence, despite how obscure the rules may be. 20-year old Celina Selman was driving home after picking her...

When Can a Child’s Case be Hearing in an Adult Court in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
Barney Wakes-Miller parents have been campaigning tirelessly for modifications to cars and changes to road rules, since he was killed in a car accident in July last year. His 17 year old friend, a P-plater, is accused to have been...

What is Vehicular Manslaughter?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
A range of criminal offences may apply in situations where a driver causes the death of another person. Manslaughter is one of them, but is usually reserved for the most serious dangerous driving cases. The more common charges are dangerous...

Driver Who Filmed Dying Police Officer Sentenced in Court

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
The man who filmed a police officer while she lay dying on the road after being hit by a truck could walk free from prison in the coming days, after receiving a backdated sentence of 10 months in prison. The...

Is it Legal to Ride a Power-Assisted Bicycle in New South Wales?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
On 22 January 2021, the Australian Government updated the requirements for permitted e-bikes. There are only two types of eBikes permitted on roads and road-related areas, which are power-assisted pedal cycles, and electrically power-assisted cycles. In either case, these must...
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