Category: Drink Driving

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 ...

Drug Testing of Police Officers: Police Policing Themselves


South Australian police officers will soon face the possibility of being drug and alcohol tested after ‘critical incidents’, such as when they use firearms or engage in high-speed pursuits. But there’s a catch: their police colleagues will need to suspect them of being under the influence and refer them for testing. The move follows nearly ...

Teen So Rich He Couldn’t Tell Right from Wrong, Judge Finds


An American teenager who popularised the ‘affluenza defence’ has been arrested for breaching his probation. In 2013, 16-year-old Ethan Couch was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after killing four people in a drink driving incident. During his sentencing hearing, Couch’s defence team successfully argued that their client was so wealthy he could not tell right ...

Police Keep Jobs Despite Committing Crimes


Police officers swear an oath to uphold and enforce the law, and many feel it is both hypocritical and damaging to the integrity of the force for officers to commit criminal offences during their period of service. Many also believe that dismissing police who commit crimes while on the public payroll is a ‘no brainer’. ...

Drivers Getting the Message about Drink Driving


NSW police have praised drivers for the marked improvement in road safety behaviour over the recent Easter holiday season. Despite the strong police presence, the number of people detected for drink driving was significantly lower than last year. NSW police attended more than 340 incidents and two fatal accidents over the Easter period, while more ...

Refusing to Give Breath Test No Longer a Crime


Many jurisdictions, including NSW, have laws which make it a crime for drivers to refuse a breath test by police. The state of Kansas in the USA had similar laws in place – until recently. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that Kansans who refuse a breath or blood test cannot be prosecuted. The Court ...