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Dangerous and negligent driving

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June 17, 2016

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Matters of person-to-person violence, from one-punch laws through to other less serious offences, seem to dominate debate in parliaments and the media about punishment and sentencing across Australia’s states and territories. Yet it remains the fact that far more people die on Australia’s roads – with those involved often surprised when they are charged with criminal offences that carry prison terms. The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics reported that there was a total of 112 road deaths in Australia in March 2016, up 6.5 per cent on that month’s […]


Drink Driving Acts with Kids in the Car

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May 8, 2016

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In recent years the NSW Local Courts have had a particular focus on people who commit Drink Driving acts with children in their car. The entire judicial system has long frowned on people who put not only their own lives at risk, but also the lives of their children, by driving a vehicle with alcohol in their system and children in the backseat. In 2011 the law was amended so that the courts were compelled to regard having children in your car as an aggravating feature while you drove drunk. This […]


New laws for cyclists – March 2016

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January 21, 2016

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The NSW Government will in March 2016 introduce laws requiring that motorists to leave at least a one metre gap as they overtake cyclists. For many motorists this will be a difficult or impossible task where roads are narrow or there is heavy traffic. Motorists already challenged by road spaces ill-designed and ill-suited to sharing with cyclists will no doubt find this immensely frustrating. The unavoidable reality, however, is an increasing emphasis by Local and the State governments to encourage use of the roadways by cyclists and accordingly the new laws […]


Mark Bosnich avoids conviction despite pleading guilty to a serious traffic offence

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July 9, 2015

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In late April former Socceroo Mark Bosnich avoided being convicted despite pleading guilty to a serious traffic offence. According to the Police Facts, Mr Bosnich was involved in a dispute with a cyclist over lane positioning. The cyclist rode past Mr Bosnich's car and struck the rear view mirror with a bike lock. Subsequent to that, Mr Bosnich "turned the steering wheel in the direction of [the cyclist] and moved forward causing the front grill and bumper of the vehicle to collide with the victim’s rear bicycle wheel." Fortunately, the cyclist […]


They’re not “just traffic matters”

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March 17, 2015

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It is safe to say that the majority of the work that I see, as a criminal lawyer, are traffic offences. Traffic offences can range from infringements to drink driving or other driving charges. The perception of these matters as “just traffic offences” (and I hear this at least once a week, if not more often), cannot be sustained. Think about it: even the smallest cars weigh over 1000 kg and are capable of moving at high speeds and doing significant damage. Effectively, they are weapons. This week already I have […]


NSW Interlock Changes

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December 18, 2014

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More NSW drink-drivers are set to return to the road somewhat earlier – but only with the mandatory imposition of alcohol-ignition-interlock devices under a significant restructure approved by state Parliament. Both houses of parliament passed the Bill with bipartisan support in mid-2013 and the new scheme is to begin on February 1, less than two months before the next state election. Under the shake-up, a high-range (0.150 or more) drink-driving offence and repeat drink-driving offences at all levels will become “mandatory interlock offences”, meaning drivers will have to have an alcohol-ignition […]


Motorcycle Lane Filtering: Riding on the Safe Side

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August 21, 2014

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We are often warned, in road safety campaigns, about the dangers of not paying attention to motorcycles on our roads. Finally, legislators in one state have heeded the message and have attempted to create a safer environment for all road users. In February, New South Wales became the first state to announce changes to legalise lane filtering by motorists, after a two month trial period in Sydney’s CBD. The reforms were aimed at increasing road safety for both motorcyclists and drivers and also easing traffic congestion. The new laws came into […]

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