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NSW Considers Medical Cannabis Driving Defence: Interview With Former Magistrate David Heilpern

by Paul Gregoire
The Turnbull government legalised medicinal cannabis use in 2016, along with the lawful cultivation, manufacture and distribution of it. But, six years on, and drivers who use the medicine continue to be penalised for having traces of it in their...

Police Officer Sent to Prison Over Fatal Collision

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
An officer who crashed while speeding to a non-urgent call killing a man and leaving his wife with permanent injuries has been sentenced to three years in prison. Former Tasmanian police officer, Aaron Bonner, was responding to a non-urgent call...

Dangerous Driver Who Killed Pregnant Woman Wins Appeal

by Sonia Hickey
The court heard that Richard Moananu began drinking about 10am on 28 September 2018 before getting behind the wheel of his silver Mazda at around 6.45pm.  He collided head on into a car carrying a young man and his pregnant...

Are Police Officers Required to Follow the Road Rules?

by Sonia Hickey
A Victorian police officer is facing up to ten years in prison after being charged with speeding and reckless driving offences.  47-year old Leading Senior Constable Brad Beecroft was charged after he allegedly travelled up to 230km/h to reach a...

Roadside Drug Testing Aims to Punish Illicit Users, Not Save Lives

by Paul Gregoire
Back in 1970s Australia, drink driving was socially acceptable amongst a large portion of the population. And whilst on the books it was outlawed, unless a vehicle was discernibly swerving its way down a road, a drunk driver would likely make...

Road Fatalities on the Rise Despite COVID Lockdowns

by Sonia Hickey
Despite Covid lockdowns right across the country for large chunks of last year and the year before, road fatalities are on the rise.  The pressure is now on governments at both the state and federal level to reassess road safety...

Calls to Legalise eScooters and to Increase Power and Speed Caps for eBikes in NSW

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Productivity Commission has called for a review of laws relating to eBikes and eScooters, with a view to encouraging the use of these environmentally friendly transport options.  Speeds caps should be increased The NSW Productivity Commission’s...

NSW Government Backflips on Speed Camera Warning Signs

by Sonia Hickey
The New South Wales Government is set to re-introduce speed camera warning signs across the state from February next year – backflipping on its November 2020 decision to take the signs off the road.  The removal of warning signs was...

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...
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