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0.05 Alcohol Limit for Drink Driving: Has Australia Got it Right?

In Australia, drivers are required to maintain a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of under 0.05% (i.e. 0.05 grams of alcohol per 100 mL of blood). Readings of 0.05 to 0.079 are classified as ‘low range’, readings between 0.08 and 0.149...

Beating a Drink Driving Case, Naturally

A New York woman who was charged with drink driving has had the charges dropped after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition which causes her body to produce alcohol. The woman, who cannot be named, was pulled over after...

Operation ‘Arrive Alive’ Aims to Promote Safe Driving

As of Friday 18 December, police have invested extra resources into targeting drink driving, speeding and unlicensed driving in the lead up to Christmas. Police reported that on day one of the blitz, called ‘Operation Arrive Alive’, 48,916 breath tests...

Should Interlock Devices be Fitted to All Vehicles?

Getting behind the wheel in Australia means having to obey a whole host of traffic rules – but imagine if this included a mandatory breath test before you even turned the ignition! While fitting an ‘alcohol interlock device’ may be...

Can My Breath Analysis Results Be Thrown Out of Court?

Most people who return a positive breath test will plead guilty and take steps towards securing the most lenient penalty, often seeking to avoid a criminal conviction and licence disqualification. Those steps might include getting an experienced lawyer, completing a...

Is ICAC Getting Too Big for Its Boots?

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is responsible for investigating allegations of corrupt conduct in the NSW public sector. The ICAC has undertaken a number of high-profile investigations in recent times, including the allegations of corruption surrounding Eddie Obeid and...

Should We Have Stricter Driver Licensing Requirements?

We all have that one friend or family member who possesses questionable driving skills. And if you’re someone who drives on a regular basis, you might often find yourself wondering how certain drivers on our roads managed to get their...

Should Cyclists be Charged in the Same Way As Car Drivers?

Driving negligently or drink driving in a motor vehicle can lead to harsh penalties, especially if someone is injured as a result. But many cyclists may not be aware that they can also be liable for criminal charges and severe...

Operation ‘Safe Arrival’ Targets Drivers Over The Holiday Period

Once again, the annual Christmas-New Years road safety campaign has seen a significant number of motorists charged with various traffic offences. Dubbed ‘Operation Safe Arrival,’ the two-week long double demerit period, which began at midnight on the 19th of December...

Top Ten Tips For Representing Yourself When Pleading Guilty to Drink Driving

Drink driving is one of the most common criminal offences before the NSW courts. Many people charged with drink driving will wish to plead guilty and get it over with, but won’t have the financial resources to hire a lawyer....
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