Category: Drink Driving

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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, having been in decline for several ...

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 ...