Paying for someone else’s sins?

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If you own a vehicle that has been impounded, but you were not responsible for committing the offence, you can apply to have it returned to you if at the time of the offence the vehicle was: stolen or hired; being serviced (i.e. by a mechanic); for sale and had been taken for a test […]

Vehicle confiscations, police powers, recovering costs

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The Road Traffic Act 1974 gives Police and the Courts the power to impound vehicles for certain traffic offences. In 2010, 2024 vehicles were seized under the legislation. Police can impound a person’s car or issue them with a surrender notice if that person is: reasonably suspected of reckless driving; reasonably suspected of driving to intentionally create […]

Penalties for drink driving

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The Road Traffic Act 1974 sets out a scheme for the Court to follow when imposing drink driving penalties. The penalties if you held a full licence at the time of the offence are: If your blood alcohol content exceeds 0.08g of alcohol per 100ml of blood: Blood alcohol content (g/100ml) Penalty for 1st offence 2nd offence Subsequent Greater […]

Pleading guilty to a traffic offence

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You made a mistake.  You thought you were doing the right thing at the time.  Your plans fell through and you made a stupid decision.  You thought you were ok to drive.  It was only a short trip, just down the road.  You were just going to help a friend. Whatever the reason, the reality […]

Tougher penalties for bad drivers

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Recent changes to the state’s road traffic laws aim to deter unlawful driving through an immediate and substantial increase in penalties. Under the influence Changes to the Road Traffic Act, which came into effect on 1 October 2011, increase the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs, particularly for repeat offenders. In […]