Electric Scooter Laws NSW

Riding an electric scooter (e-scooter) is currently illegal unless on private property in New South Wales.   So far as NSW is concerned, it is perfectly legal for retailers to sell e-scooters. However, it’s against the law for retailers to sell e-scooters (or any product or service) based on misleading or incorrect information to consumers. In fact, retailers ...continue reading

Victorian medicinal cannabis users could soon be able to drive with cannabis in their system

Poppy Morandin and Jimmy Singh.   Victorian patients using medicinal cannabis may soon be able to drive with the substance in their systems, following proposed reforms to the state’s drug-driving laws. The change comes as an Australian first, and would incorporate the views of Ministers, police, doctors, and other health experts with an expectation that ...continue reading

Brave Little Boy Endures 12-Hour Joyride Hiding in Stolen Vehicle Until Safe to Get Help

Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   A brave seven-year-old boy from Perth has endured a horror joyride that lasted almost 12 hours after a stranger stole a family vehicle inside which the young boy had fallen asleep. It is reported that around 8:40pm on Saturday 10 October 2020, a white Mitsubishi Pajero Sports four-wheel drive ...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

Chinese Drug Trafficker on Death Row Escapes Lawful Custody by Tunnelling Through Sewers to Road Outside

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s the kind of plot you’d only ever see play out in a movie, except of course this was real life – in mid-September 2020, a man facing the death sentence in Indonesia for drug trafficking managed to escape from jail by tunnelling through the sewage system, and ...continue reading

NSW Government Plans to Increase Road Side Drug Testing

  Last year alone, police in NSW did 166,351 drug tests. This represents over two and a half times more than in 2015. In fact in 2019, there were 9,446 positive results obtained from road side drug testing by police, in contrast to the 9,123 in 2015 as outlined by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport ...continue reading

Woman Dragged Out of Car by Hammer-Wielding Man During Frightening Carjacking Incident

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It was the frightening moment a woman in Adelaide was approached by a hammer-wielding man who went on to smash her car window before dragging her out of her vehicle. The attempted carjacking incident is reported to have occurred in the afternoon of 10 August 2020, when a ...continue reading

Senseless Stowaway Discovered by Police Hiding in Car Boot Trying to Cross NSW/QLD Border

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   As the COVID-19 crisis carries on, so too does it continue to cultivate fertile ground for all kinds of crazy behaviour. From toilet paper pandemonium to pooing in the shopping aisle, drinking cow urine to cure the virus to wielding broken wine bottles at customers, even educating pets ...continue reading

The New Laws on Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Diversionary Pathway

  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 Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (NSW) (‘The Act’). It is a response to the increasing contact with the criminal ...continue reading

Penalties for Illegally Parking in a Disabled Spot in NSW

By Sahar Adatia and Jimmy Singh.   It’s hard to believe but lurking among us are egocentric drivers who have no issues with their mobility yet still think it’s completely normal and even acceptable to park their vehicle in a disabled space. Indeed, one may argue that drivers of this kind are a special breed ...continue reading

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