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Drink driving – The facts

Drink driving – The facts

Criminal Law, Miscellaneous, Traffic Law

As the name suggests drink driving is when you drive while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol seriously impairs your ability to react quickly, make good judgments, and drive as well as you might normally. Driving while over the alcohol limit is illegal, and you will be fined, gain demerit points, and potentially even lose […]

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NSW drivers will start using digital licences

NSW drivers will start using digital licences

Criminal Law, Miscellaneous, Recent News, Traffic Law

  WE’VE all forgotten our licence at one point or another. Now you can just carry a digital copy on your mobile phone. NSW drivers will soon be able to show their licence on their phones if they are pulled over by police, with digital licences due to be rolled out across the state. Legislation […]

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Drink driving mothers crack down

Drink driving mothers crack down

Criminal Law, Traffic Law

Assistant Commissioner of NSW Police Michael Corboy has revealed police officers are targeting school pick up and drop off times to catch drink-driving mothers. The crackdown comes after nine NSW women in the past three months alone were arrested and charged with drink driving with children in the backseat. “What that indicates to me is […]

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New traffic laws on the horizon including abolish the Habitual Offenders Declaration

New traffic laws on the horizon including abolish the Habitual Offenders Declaration

Miscellaneous, Traffic Law

Following a 2013 Inquiry by the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of New South Wales in relation to the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law & Safety’s Inquiry into driver license disqualification, a number of key proposals were put forward. This is on the back of the Law Society advocating consistently for reform of […]

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Get your hand off it!

Get your hand off it!

Downing Centre Local Court, Recent News, Traffic Law

Use of a mobile phone whilst driving Using a mobile phone to send text messages where the driver presses anything on the body of the phone or otherwise manipulates any part of the phone whilst driving is prohibited in NSW. Anyone on a learner, provisional P1 or P2 licence must not use a mobile phone […]

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Breath analysis vs blood analysis: no difference, says NSW Court of Appeal

Breath analysis vs blood analysis: no difference, says NSW Court of Appeal

Downing Centre Local Court, Drink Driving, Recent News, Sydney Supreme Court, Traffic Law

Suppose you are subjected to a roadside random breath-test one Saturday morning. You had some drinks the evening before, and you blow 0.063, putting you above the legal limit of 0.05. You are taken to the local police station, where in accordance with ordinary procedures, you are subjected to a breath analysis, which returns a […]

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Fine only for dangerous driving

Manly Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Traffic Law

Manly Local Court – February 2016 Our client was a 17-year-old who had only had his licence for a matter of months when he was charged with drive in a manner dangerous, speed over 30km/h and negligent driving as a back-up. We negotiated with the prosecution to slim down the charges, and the prosecution dropped […]

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Section 10 no conviction for MID-RANGE drink driving

Downing Centre Local Court, Drink Driving, Recent Cases, Recent News, Traffic Law

Downing Centre Local Court – November 2015 Our client was a single mother charged with mid-range drink driving. She was recovering from the flu and was facing a serious family situation at the time of the offence. Despite the high reading, our client’s clear inebriation and the fact that she was pulled over for talking […]

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SDRO annulment granted at Waverley Local Court, 6 points reclaimed

Recent Cases, Traffic Law, Waverley Local Court

Waverley Local Court – July 2015 We appeared for a woman who had a fine for a speeding offence turn into an SDRO Enforcement Order. Such orders, once going through internal review, can only be challenged in court. Our client loaned her vehicle to another couple from the UK subject to a ‘home swap’. Upon […]

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Section 10 on suspended license

Downing Centre Local Court, Recent Cases, Recent News, Section 10, Traffic Law

Downing Centre Local Court – July 2015 Our client was a young man with an interest in surfing who instructed us to enter a plea in mitigation for the offence of ‘Drive Whilst Suspended’. Though absent from court and unable to be contacted because he was catching a massive break in the Northern Beaches, our […]

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