Category: Dangerous Driving

Damaged bike

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


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 often travelled. At some point, he was hit by a passing motorist, who fled the …
Airbag deflated from a car crash

Testicles May Have Caused Symptoms After Crash, Not Drugs


A NSW judge who sentenced a man to a minimum of more than two years prison for causing a fatal car crash, says she could not be certain that illegal drugs caused his erratic driving, despite a blood test establishing the presence of THC and Amphetamines in his system. Guilty plea 34-year old Stephen Farquhar …
Toronto pedestrian attack

Anti-Woman Movement Appears to Have Incited Toronto Attack


Alek Minassian ploughed a rented van into pedestrians along a 2 kilometre stretch of road in North Toronto on April 23. The 25-year-old college student killed 10 people and injured 14 more, in what witnesses said was a purposeful attack. Described as a “socially awkward” man, Minassian has been charged with 10 counts of first degree …
Elijah Doughty

Death of Elijah Doughty: No Justice for Indigenous People


The verdict in the trial of the Kalgoorlie man who fatally ran over Elijah Doughty in August last year, has laid bare the inherent racism in the Australian criminal justice system. Last Friday, the 56-year-old non-Indigenous man – whose identity has been suppressed by the court – was cleared of the manslaughter of the 14-year-old Aboriginal …
Cyclists on road

Driver Who Collided with Cyclists Appeals Sentence


On 16 March 2014, Thomas Kerr was travelling in his black 4-wheel drive northbound along Southern Cross Drive in Eastlakes, when he ran into the back of seven cyclists from the Eastern Suburbs Cycling Club. It was a dry day, with clear visibility, and Mr Kerr had been traveling in the first lane. Several cyclists …
Dangerous driver hit a bike

Dangerous Driving and the Law


Driving charges are some of the most commonly heard matters in New South Wales Local Courts. Whether it’s drink driving (DUI or P.C.A.), speeding or a case involving serious harm, tens of thousands of driving cases end up before magistrates in our state’s courts every year. Dangerous driving Dangerous driving is considered to be one …
Bourke Street tragedy

Bail Laws to be Toughened in Wake of Bourke Street Tragedy


As Australia mourns the victims of a senseless tragedy, the Victorian government has vowed to make the state ‘safer’. In the wake of last Friday’s Bourke Street tragedy which killed five people including a three-month-old baby boy and a 10-year-old girl, and left 30 people seriously injured, details are emerging about the life of alleged …
Texting with mobile phone while driving

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll


Almost 1300 people died on our roads last year, making 2016 the second successive year to see a rise in the figures, after decades of decline. The increase has left many trying to figure out why. Since 1970, when the national road toll reached more than 3,000, millions of dollars have been poured into public …
Highway

Police Want Power to Ram Cars During High-Speed Pursuits


. Western Australia police are demanding the power to ram cars they’re pursuing, without having to face legal repercussions if the action results in death. At a press conference last Thursday, George Tilbury, president of the WA Police Union, called on the Barnett government to introduce legislation allowing police to “nudge” a vehicle off the …
Handbag

Pair Accused of Stealing Dying Woman’s Handbag


Police on the Central Coast of NSW have described the alleged act of stealing a handbag from a critically wounded woman as she lay trapped in a car crash as ‘disgusting’. Jason Hall and Silvia Schreuder have appeared at Gosford Local Court charged with offences relating to theft and using stolen credit cards. Police allege …