Category: Drink Driving

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


By Paul Gregoire and 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 the influence of alcohol and other drugs, and implement ...

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


By Sonia Hickey and 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 the past five years, Victorian police officers faked 258,000 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules


By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim The New South Wales Government is setting harsher penalties for drink and drug affected drivers. Twenty-eight people died on NSW roads during the 2017-2018 summer holiday period – more than double the previous year. And 2017 was the third year in a row that the yearly road toll increased, ...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back


The Road Transport Amendment (Driver Licence Disqualification) Act came into effect on 28 October 2017, allowing certain disqualified drivers in NSW to apply to the local court for the removal of their disqualification periods. Who can apply? If you are a disqualified driver, you may apply for the removal of all disqualification periods where: Any ...

New Rules for L and P-Plate Drivers are Now in Force


By Sonia Hickey Tough new laws are now in force for L and P-platers when it comes to using mobile devices. It’s now illegal for L and P-plate drivers to use a phone at all while driving, including navigation apps and music streaming, whether the phone is in a hands-free cradled or not. The new ...

Drivers Beware, Double Demerits Are Here


Ahh, the October long weekend. The weather has started out great, so it’s an ideal time to take a little road trip out of the big smoke. But be warned: double demerits point apply on our roads from today until midnight on Monday 3 October. And as always, extra police patrols will be on the ...

Bar Fight Ends in Murder


Just as midnight rolled into Friday morning on 21 February, 2014, 30-year old Nicholas (Nick) McEvoy was found lying on a footpath, close to death, in the Western Sydney suburb of Dean Park. How he got there was a mystery. After initial investigations, police suspected Nick was struck by an early model Toyota commercial van ...

Cowboy Cop Points Gun at Motorist’s Head


An ACT Magistrate has issued a stern rebuke to a New South Wales police officer who pulled his gun on a motorist who he claimed was trying to avoid a random breath test. Video footage from the police dash cam was tendered as evidence in court when the motorist chose to defend the charge of ...