Tailgating Offences, Penalties and Defences in NSW

Sahar Adatia.   It was the horrifying road rage attack on a learner driver in Adelaide that left the young victim “too scared to get behind the wheel again”. Around 5pm on Sunday 16 May 20201, Jacob Trench was driving with his mother and a friend in a Ford sedan along the North-South Motorway at ...continue reading

Law on Drivers’ Duty to Report Injuries Caused to Animals in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   On Monday 8 March 2021, an 18-month-old dog was struck and dragged by a school bus in New Hampshire in the United States, all while the driver of the vehicle failed to stop or return to see what he had hit. Saphfyre the puppy was once “very full of ...continue reading

What Can Happen if you Do a Burnout While Drink-Driving in a Carpark Above a Police Station?

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A 42-year-old man who was allegedly drink-driving, has for reasons beyond human comprehension, decided to perform burnouts in a carpark above a police station in Adelaide’s CBD, and as one would expect, will now be facing court over the matter. Reports from South Australia Police reveal that at about ...continue reading

A Guide on the Law on Hoon Driving & Burnouts in NSW

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A man accused of doing burnouts on Australia Day in a residential street in Sydney’s north western suburb of Glenorie has paid the price for his hoon antics with his car now confiscated for three months and a court attendance notice issued in its place. Around 4pm on 26 ...continue reading

Pedestrian Dies in Hospital After Being Hit by Car with Uninsured Driver Behind the Wheel in Parramatta

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s an alarming statistic: Each year, more than 1,500 pedestrians are hit on NSW roads. More worryingly, research from the NSW Centre for Road Safety shows that from 2007 to 2011, one in seven people who died on the road happened to be a pedestrian, while male pedestrians and ...continue reading

Section 32 Mental Health Applications now Replaced by Section 14 to Get Criminal Charges Dismissed in Court

There is an available legislative framework for a NSW court to determine criminal proceedings where the accused or defendant has mental health issues relevant to the case. This legislative framework is echoed in the old Act called The Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with ...continue reading

Concerns Reignited for Prisoners Amid Further Outbreaks of COVID-19

By Poppy Morandin.   There are reportedly 70 inmates in lockdown within Silverwater Correctional Complex after coming into close contact with a staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Within their advocacy efforts, The Greens have issued an open letter to Anthony Roberts, Minister for Corrections detailing the “significant concerns…about the lockdown at Silverwater ...continue reading

Law on the Age of Criminal Responsibility in NSW: An Interview with Greens MP David Shoebridge

By Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Despite a strong campaign to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14, the decision has been deferred to 2021, following concerns that further work needs to be done regarding processes and services for children who exhibit offending behaviour. The issue was discussed at the meeting ...continue reading

Law on Giving Way at a Pedestrian Crossing in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A crash in Sydney’s south western suburb of Doonside has resulted in a man dying after he was struck by a vehicle last week. It is reported that at about 5.45pm on 16 June 2020, a 72-year-old male pedestrian was crossing Bungaribee Road in Doonside, when he was ...continue reading

The Minimum Passing Distance Rule in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   According to Transport for NSW, each year on average, nine bicycle riders are killed and more than 1900 end up seriously injured across NSW. Of the total road deaths in the state, cyclists represent approximately 2.5 percent and about 16 percent of serious injuries. For this reason, the ...continue reading

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