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Report Reveals that NSW Drink Driving Laws Work, Whilst Drug Driving Remains a Joke

A just released report advises that reforms to New South Wales drink- and drug-driving laws, which have seen penalty notices, triggering licence suspensions and fines, issued to first-time low-level drink drivers and drivers with the presence of drugs in their...

Legal Defences to Drink Driving and DUI Charges in New South Wales

If you have been charged with drink driving and are going to court, you will more likely than not feel a sense of apprehension, uncertainty and even distress. However, it is important to be aware that an experienced traffic lawyer...

Drink Driving in New South Wales: Laws, Defences and Penalties

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As we head into the holiday period, it’s perhaps timely to provide a reminder that drink driving is a crime in New South Wales – one which can have serious and lasting consequences in terms ones ability to drive, their...

Teen Sentenced to Imprisonment for Aggravated Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death

The teenage driver who caused the death of five friends when he crashed his ute into a tree while travelling at double the speed limit in Buxton in September 2022, has been sentenced to a full term of 12 years...

Court Suppresses Name of NSW Police Inspector Charged with High-Range Drink Driving

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A New South Wales Local Court Magistrate has granted a suppression order in favour of a high-ranking police officer who is alleged to have driven his police-issued vehicle while driving with a high-range prescribed concentration of alcohol, collided into a...

Traffic Offender Programs in New South Wales

Traffic Offender Programs in New South Wales (TOPs) are education programs that are generally undertaken by drivers who have been charged with a ‘major traffic offence’ such as driving with a prescribed concentration of alcohol (or drink driving) or driving...

Which Driving Offences are Considered ‘Major Traffic Offences’ in New South Wales?

The Road Transport Act 2013 contains many of the most frequently prosecuted traffic offences in New South Wales, including drink driving, driving under the influence, drug driving, negligent, reckless, predatory, menacing driving, and driving in a dangerous matter. The maximum...

High Range Drink Driving in NSW: The Law, Penalties and Defences

Police say they have charged dozens of with drink driving offences over the weekend during a two-day traffic blitz in Sydney’s south-west. According to police, Operation Fume was established to target traffic offences on the M5 and Hume Highway between...

What are the Penalties for Drink Driving in New South Wales?

The testing of a driver’s breath for alcohol began in New South Wales on 16 December 1968. However, a driver could only be tested after a traffic accident or an alleged detection of a traffic offence.  The prescribed blood alcohol...

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

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...
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