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Negligent Driving

Are There Situations Where a Person Who ‘Confesses’ Should Plead ‘Not Guilty’?

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Tim Watkins was only 22 years old when he was left for dead by the side of Wilsons Creek Road earlier this year. He was riding his bicycle home from a mates’ house shortly after midnight on a road he...

Van Carrying $200 Million in Illegal Drugs Crashes Into Parked Police Cars

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that just before 10.30am on Monday, 22nd July 2019, a van carrying 273 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine – or ‘ice’ – crashed into police cars parked outside Eastwood Police Station in Sydney’s north-west. Officers inside the...

Penalties Increase for Illegal Mobile Phone Use

by Ugur Nedim & Sonia Hickey
In just few hours this morning, a month’s worth of rain fell across Sydney, causing traffic congestion, flooding and property damage. From 5.30am to 9.00am, more than a 100mm of rain poured over the Sydney metropolitan are, creating transport delays...

Is it Legal to Eat or Drink While Driving in NSW?

by Ugur Nedim
It has been reported that a 19-year old driver in Perth was issued with an infringement notice for $300 and three demerit points after allegedly driving while eating a bowl of breakfast cereal. The incident has triggered discussion about whether...

Fatigue: The Silent Killer on Our Roads

by Sonia Hickey & Ugur Nedim
Charges of negligent driving occasioning death have been brought against a Sydney Uber driver, reminding motorists to check ourselves for fatigue while on the road this summer. The driver will face court in January after allegedly accelerating while a passenger...

The Silent Killer on our Roads

by Sonia Hickey
A friend of mine was in town recently and got a nasty surprise when pulled over by police and told to take a break, or face the prospect of a ticket for negligent driving due to his level of fatigue....

Mike Baird Hands Himself in for Driving Offences

by Ugur Nedim
NSW Premier Mike Baird, like a lot of us, slipped up while behind the wheel recently. Just before getting into his car, Baird was at the South Curl Curl Surf Club cafe on the Northern Beaches with his wife Kerryn,...

The Dangers of Joyriding

by Ugur Nedim
The offence of larceny, or theft, requires an element of intention to permanently deprive the owner of the item. So is it still stealing if you were just borrowing the item? ‘Joyriding’ is where a car is taken and driven...

When False Accusations Lead to Tragedy

by Ugur Nedim
When people make accusations against others, they normally think that they are justified. A bit of sketchy information combined with emotions like frustration and anger can all work together to make a hunch seem like solid reality. In trivial circumstances,...

Mobile Phone Use Sparks Road Rage

by Ugur Nedim
The dangers of driving while distracted have been well documented, but have road safety organisations gone too far in convincing people of the dangers of driving and texting, or talking on the phone? It would appear that the message has...
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