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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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