Category: Reckless 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 ...

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll


Almost 1300 people died on our roads last year, making 2016 the second successive year to see a rise in the figures, after decades of decline. The increase has left many trying to figure out why. Since 1970, when the national road toll reached more than 3,000, millions of dollars have been poured into public ...

Condom Mercy Mission and the Defence of Necessity


Back in 2004, 24-year-old Darwin man Lee Collinson was driving without a licence to his cousin’s home when pulled over by police. His explanation for driving was that he had to make urgent delivery: “My cousin was about to [have sex with] this girl and he needed his bum bag because it had his condoms ...

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, ...

What is Skye’s Law?


The offence of ‘police pursuit’ and penalties. ...