Category: Negligent Driving

Fatigue: The Silent Killer on Our Roads


By Sonia Hickey and 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 was leaving his car, sending the man into the ...

The Silent Killer on our Roads


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. You know how it is … a busy work trip and a few late nights ...

Mike Baird Hands Himself in for Driving Offences


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, enjoying a coffee. But he was caught-out after doing an illegal U-turn and not wearing ...

The Dangers of Joyriding


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 around recreationally without the consent of the owner. At common law, joyriding was not sufficient ...

When False Accusations Lead to Tragedy


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, the outcome of prejudgment like this might be minor. A teenager might be wrongly grounded ...

Mobile Phone Use Sparks Road Rage


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 got through so effectively that vigilantes are springing up across the country, photographing drivers they ...

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 licences. Car accidents are often caused by inexperienced drivers, or drivers who simply do not ...

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 penalties if they are found to be riding their bicycles dangerously or while drunk. Usually ...

What Evidence Do Police Look For at a Serious Traffic Crash?


Being involved in a serious traffic accident can be traumatic, especially if someone is injured or killed as a result. Finding yourself facing criminal charges as a result can turn an already distressing situation into a far more difficult one as there are a number of harsh penalties which you may face if found guilty, ...

Tim Ellis Sacked From Role as Tasmania’s Director of Public Prosecutions


The past year has seen a number of prominent Australians step down from public leadership positions. In April last year, then NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell stood down from his role after allegations of unethical conduct surfaced during an ICAC investigation. More recently, Northern Territory Police Commissioner John McRoberts resigned in the midst of a formal ...