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The Wild Horses Sting? Police Breath and Drug Test Patrons Evacuating Festival

by Paul Gregoire
At around 9.30 am on Monday 9 December, word went around punters camped out at the Wild Horses festival in Victoria’s Marysville that an announcement had been made regarding an alleged police order that the site be immediately evacuated due...

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

by Ugur Nedim
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...

New Drink Driving and Drug Driving Laws in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
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...

Government Tightens Screws on Unjust Drug Driving Regime

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
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....

Driver Accumulates 28 Demerit Points in Road Blitz

by Sonia Hickey
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...

Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
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...

Arresting Drivers for Using Cold and Flu Tablets Will Not Save Lives

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
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...

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

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
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...

Victoria Police Officers Faked 250,000 Breath Tests – But Won’t be Punished

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
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...

No More ‘Section 10 Bonds’ in NSW

by Ugur Nedim
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...
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