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Reckless Driving

Are Police Officers Required to Follow the Road Rules?

by Sonia Hickey
A Victorian police officer is facing up to ten years in prison after being charged with speeding and reckless driving offences.  47-year old Leading Senior Constable Brad Beecroft was charged after he allegedly travelled up to 230km/h to reach a...

Road Fatalities on the Rise Despite COVID Lockdowns

by Sonia Hickey
Despite Covid lockdowns right across the country for large chunks of last year and the year before, road fatalities are on the rise.  The pressure is now on governments at both the state and federal level to reassess road safety...

What is Skye’s Law in New South Wales?

by Ugur Nedim
Police allege that at around 11.45pm on Friday, 18 July 2020, a man with a suspended driver licence was driving a Ford Kuga vehicle at a speed of 72km/h in a 50km/h zone on Warnervale Road in Hamlyn Terrace near...

What is the Defence of Necessity?

by Ugur Nedim
Police have reported that just after 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020, police sought to pull over an Audi case that was being driven on Greenacre Road in Greenacre, south-western Sydney. According to police, the vehicle accelerated to at least...

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...

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...

Mobile Phone Use Blamed for Rising Road Toll

by Sonia Hickey
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...

Condom Mercy Mission and the Defence of Necessity

by Ugur Nedim
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...

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,...
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