Category: Traffic Law

Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use


The New South Wales Government will be trialling high-tech cameras which they say are capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far as kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for a crackdown on mobile phone use after two police officers were injured when a van ...

Another ‘Wicked’ Campervan Banned


Wicked Campers has had yet another of its vans banned by Ad Standards, but its vans continue to attract anger on the streets. The most recent slogan to come before Ad Standards was painted similarly to a Dr Suess book, and featured a caricature of Walter White from Breaking Bad with the words “Mr White ...

NSW Police Set to Harass Traffic Offenders at their Homes


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim New South Wales police officers will be randomly “visiting” the homes of traffic offenders as part of a strategy which police commissioner Mick Fuller claims is designed to deter them from reoffending. Knock knock, it’s police Mr Fuller has directed officers to conduct “random” attendances at the homes of ...

How Parking Fines Can Lead to Prison


By Kieran Adair and Ugur Nedim One of our state’s leading law reform bodies is concerned that government-sanctioned fines are “disproportionately affecting” vulnerable people, and is calling for an end to the “vicious cycle” of debt and unfair disadvantage for the poor. A report by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW used data from ...

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Government is setting harsher penalties for drink and drug affected drivers. Twenty-eight people died on NSW roads during the 2017-2018 summer holiday period – more than double the previous year. And 2017 was the third year in a row that the yearly road toll increased, ...

Police Help Teens Learn to Drive


It’s not often we hear good news stories about police officers these days – with recent headlines dominated by reports of ‘bad cops’, bullying, police corruption and misconduct, right around Australia. But in an act of goodwill, officers in the Northern NSW town of Casino recently helped twenty disadvantaged youths to get their driver licences ...

Cocaine Testing May Lead to Fairer Drug Driving Laws


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on January 15 that the state government will be toughening  drug driving penalties and increasing the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs), which is concerning to many given that the current regime is fundamentally flawed. NSW police will be doubling the number of MDTS from 100,000 ...

NSW Drivers Will Be Tested For Cocaine


With the New South Wales road toll at its highest in eight years, the state government is introducing tough new measures including doubling the number of mobile drug tests (MDTs) and adding cocaine to the list of tested substances. 397 people died on the state’s roads in 2017, and the holiday road toll more than ...

Holiday Road Toll Climbs Despite Millions Spent on Road Safety


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The NSW road toll continues to climb, despite extra spending by the NSW government on programs marketed as road safety initiatives and more police officers on highway patrol. Last financial year, the state government set aside $300 million for roads in its annual budget, including $70 million for road ...

Unaccompanied L-Plater Charged with Driving Under the Influence


A learner-driver is facing multiple charges including driving under the influence and unaccompanied after being pulled over by police on the Northern Rivers. The story so far Police signalled 23-year old Mr Squires to pull over after allegedly seeing him driving erratically at Kyogle Road at Mount Burrell, near Nimbin. Officers reported suspecting he was ...