Category: Drink Driving

Mid-Range Drink Driving

The Offence of Mid-Range Drink Driving in New South Wales


New South Wales Waratahs and Australian Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been fined and disqualified from driving after pleading guilty in Downing Centre Local Court to driving with a middle range prescribed concentration of alcohol and driving whilst suspended. According to police papers, the 26-year old was detected asleep behind the wheel of his moving …
Drink driving

New Drink Driving and Drug Driving Laws in NSW


On 25th September 2018, the New South Wales parliament passed the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Penalties and Other Sanctions) Bill which comes into effect across the state on Monday, 20 May 2019. The legislation amends the Road Transport Act 2013 in respect of the rules relating to drug driving and novice, special and low-range drink …
Michael Balderston and David Shoebridge

Government Tightens Screws on Unjust Drug Driving Regime


As of next Monday, 20 May, first time alleged low-range drink drivers and drivers in respect of whom the presence of drugs is confirmed by a laboratory analysis will be fined $561 and have their licences suspended for three months. For drivers registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.079, the fine will …
Double demerits

Driver Accumulates 28 Demerit Points in Road Blitz


A driver on the New South Wales Central Coast has accumulated 28 demerit points and fined $1348 after being pulled over by Police for using her phone while driving. A mother, she had all three children in the car’s back seat, but Police noticed that while the kids were in child restraint seats, two of …
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Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions


Low-range drink driving is where a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.79 millilitres per 210 litres of breath. The maximum penalty when it’s the driver’s first major traffic offence within 5 years is an ‘automatic’ licence disqualification of 6 months – which can be reduced by the court to as low …
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Arresting Drivers for Using Cold and Flu Tablets Will Not Save Lives


NSW roads minister Melinda Pavey has announced there will be an expansion of substances that can ‘influence’ drivers for the purpose of laws against driving under the influence (DUI). She has also announced a strategy designed to assess whether individuals on the Opioid Treatment Program are fit to drive. In a ministerial media release on …
Sydney Roads

New Road Laws: Tougher DUI Penalties, Targeting Phone Use and Cocaine Testing


On 1 July, a series of new road safety laws will come into effect across New South Wales. The new laws will add cocaine to the list of drugs police test drivers for, significantly increase the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, and implement technology to detect the illegal use …
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Victoria Police Officers Faked 250,000 Breath Tests – But Won’t be Punished


The revelations that Victorian police officers who systematically reported fake breath tests will not face disciplinary action is further evidence that officers are being permitted to engage in misconduct without repercussions. The story so far An investigation revealed that in the past five years, Victorian police officers faked 258,000 preliminary roadside breath tests (PBTs). And …

No More ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW


On 24 October 2017, the NSW Parliament assented to the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Sentencing Options) Act 2017 (the Act) which, as the name suggests, amends the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Sentencing Act) in respect of the sentencing options available to courts in New South Wales. The Act abolishes the following sentencing options in …
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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 …