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Drink Driving

The Laws Relating to Driver Licence Suspensions, Disqualifications and Appeals

by Jason Koh
Traffic law is a complex area that can be a minefield for both those who are considering representing themselves in court and lawyers who are unfamiliar with, or inexperienced in, the field. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of some of the...

The New Offence of Combined Drink and Drug Driving in New South Wales

by Paul Gregoire & Ugur Nedim
Driving under the combined influence of alcohol and other drugs has long been understood to compound the dangers of impaired driving. A drink and drug driving incident involving the roadside deaths of four children in the Sydney suburb of Oatlands...

Can I Appeal an On-the-Spot Driver Licence Suspension?

by Ugur Nedim
Police in New South Wales are empowered to immediately suspend a person’s driver licence in certain situations. This power is contained in section 224 of the Road Transport Act 2014, which provides that a police officer may issue an on-the-spot...

When Can NSW Police Immediately Suspend My Driver Licence?

by Ugur Nedim
An immediate driver licence suspension, also known as an on-the-spot suspension, is available to police officers in New South Wales in a range of situations. These situations are listed in section 224(1) of the Road Transport Act 2013 and are...

The Law, Defences and Penalties For High Range Drink Driving In New South Wales

by Ugur Nedim
The NSW Police Force says it has charged a man from Box Hill, north-west of Sydney, with high range drink driving and driving with an unrestrained passenger four to seven years of age after members of the public contacted them...

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...
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