Category: Speeding Offences

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Would You Risk Prison to Keep Your Driver Licence?


How far would you go to avoid a speeding fine or demerit points? Lie to authorities? Find a Justice of the Peace to sign a false statement? According to the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), a large number of people in NSW are willing to do just that to avoid fines and demerit points. RMS …
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Crazy Driving Behaviour


Most of us will commit some form of traffic offence during our time on the road. But here are a few of the more unusual ways that drivers get themselves into trouble: Starting Off on the Wrong Foot Most law students will recall the infamous case of Fagan v Metropolitan Police Commissioner [1969]. Mr Fagan …
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Frequently Asked Questions about Traffic Cases


As Sydney’s criminal and traffic law specialists, our lawyers receive queries about traffic matters every day. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions: 1. I’ve been give a speeding ticket. Can I take the case to court? Speeding is the most common traffic offence, and most drivers in NSW will …
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Rights When Pulled Over By Police


Many motor vehicle users are unsure about their rights when pulled over by police. So we’ve answered six of the top questions when it comes to your rights during traffic stops. 1. When can police pull me over? Police can pull you over if they have a reasonable suspicion that you are committing an offence. …
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Should traffic fines be based on your income?


If you think traffic fines in Australia are expensive, be grateful you don’t live in Finland or Switzerland – at least if you are a high-income earner! Traffic fines are not a fixed amount in those countries, but rather take into account how much money a person earns. This means that the more you earn, …
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Can Police ‘Estimates of Speed’ Stand Up in Court?


We recently posted a blog about a truck driver who received a speeding ticket based upon a police officer’s ‘estimate of speed’. The officer in question declared himself to be an ‘expert’ at estimating speed. Many people could not believe that police could rely upon visual ‘estimates’ when there are so many speed cameras around, …
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Should Police be Allowed to ‘Estimate’ Speed?


Revenue from speeding fines helps to fill state government coffers year-after-year. In the last financial year alone, NSW motorists paid $150 million in speeding fines. Many of those tickets were for going slightly over the speed limit in areas not known to be dangerous. This has led many to conclude that speeding tickets are primarily …
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When Should Ambulance Drivers Have to Pay Speeding Fines?


There is no doubt that paramedics perform a vital and extremely difficult role in our society. But did you know that, in certain circumstances, ambulance drivers who break the road rules by speeding or running red light cameras can get fined and incur demerit points? Hundreds of speeding tickets are issued each month, and one …
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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, …
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Installing Speed Limiters to Vehicles: The Answer to Speeding?


A parliamentary committee has suggested a number of new measures to be implemented in NSW this year in a bid to tackle speeding, and reduce the number of speeding-related road accidents. One of the measures under discussion involves fitting repeat offenders’ vehicles with speed limiting technology that would not allow them to drive faster than …