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Drink Driving

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...

Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use

by Sonia Hickey
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 a kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling...

Government to Introduce Tougher Road Rules

by Sonia Hickey & 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...

Disqualified Drivers Can Now Apply to Get Their Licences Back

by Ugur Nedim
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...

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

by Sonia Hickey
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...

Drivers Beware, Double Demerits Are Here

by Sydney Criminal Lawyers
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...
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