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Instant loss of licence for low range drink drivers

Instant loss of licence for low range drink drivers

A new NSW penalty regime is being enforced on 20 May 2019 that will see anyone over the alcohol or drug limit in NSW receive an immediate licence suspension and fined almost $600. Roads Minister, Andrew Constance says NSW is taking a “zero-tolerance” approach to drink and drug-driving. The new regime will include low-range drink and drug driving for any one testing over 0.05 blood alcohol limit, which has been in force for 38 years. ‘There are no more excuses’...

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Girls snapchat selfies in hospital after a car accident whilst their friend lays dead

Girls snapchat selfies in hospital after a car accident whilst their friend lays dead

A tragedy unfolded in Western Sydney last Sunday as a young female driver playing ‘chicken’ killed herself in a head on collision and caused fatal damage to the innocent car driver she collided into, she also injured her two passengers. The bizarre twist in this fatal tragedy was that her two passengers filmed the whole thing on Snapchat live, and later posted selfies of their injuries while in hospital, with no apparent regard to their deceased best friend nor the innocent driver, who was in an induced coma.We...

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Second pill-testing trial at ‘Groovin the Moo’ hailed a success as seven partygoers dump dangerous drugs that were tested as deadly

Second pill-testing trial at ‘Groovin the Moo’ hailed a success as seven partygoers dump dangerous drugs that were tested as deadly

Second pill-testing trial at ‘Groovin the Moo’ hailed a success as seven partygoers dump dangerous drugs that were tested as deadlyOver 230 party goers used the pill testing service that was made available at Groovin the Moo festival in Canberra on the weekend. This is more than double the 85 that were tested last year, and the recent results were indicative of why pill testing services should be available at all festivals, in our humble opinion. A staggering seven pills were found with the potentially lethal...

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Instant loss of licence for low range drink drivers

Police car hit by drunk driver three times over the limit

Being caught drink driving over the long weekend is risky enough, but for this 57 year old man things couldn’t have gotten worse when he was not only caught three times over the limit behind the wheel, but he also crashed into a parked police car. Luckily no one was in the parked vehicle but police witnessed the crash and charged him with high-range drink driving after a breath analysis of 0.162. Drink driving is a serious offence and may attract heavy fines, licence suspensions and/or jail sentences.Dring...

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A young Woman was issued a staggering 28 Demerit points over Easter long weekend

A young Woman was issued a staggering 28 Demerit points over Easter long weekend

All the warnings of Easter Double Demerits weren’t enough for one 24 year old female driver from Umina. Driving in a Northerly direction on the M1, she was caught by police driving her car at 110km/h whilst holding a mobile phone in her right hand. When the police approached the driver after pulling her over, they noticed that her three children were not properly secured in the vehicle. Not only were they not restrained correctly, and all three children’s child seats were not anchored to the vehicle as required...

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Easter and Anzac day Double demerits are in force

Easter and Anzac day Double demerits are in force

Double Demerits are in force this weekend, folks! They came into force last Thursday and will apply until midnight next Monday, throughout the Easter period.Do Double Demerits apply over Anzac day? Yes, Double Demerits come into effect again over the Anzac Day public holiday period, from 24 to 28 April 2019. Is it double the fine on Double Demerits? If you get caught committing an offence during the Double Demerit period, you will receive Double Demerit points against your licence, but the price of the fine is...

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Should companies be held accountable for producing products with cancer forming chemicals?

Should companies be held accountable for producing products with cancer forming chemicals?

Following our previous blogs on ‘new enforced laws’ for social media companies to be held accountable for illegal materials being shared on their platforms, leads us to question whether other companies should be held accountable for the effects of their products on the public.We are more aware these days of the side effects of chemicals in our products and foods. Cautious consumers are looking for chemical free and organic products. But does “organic” and “chemical free” actually mean the food is chemical free?...

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Initiatives and actions to reduce indigenous prison populations

Initiatives and actions to reduce indigenous prison populations

They represent only 3% of the total population, yet more than 28% of Australia’s prison population are Aboriginal. Statistics show that a staggering 60% of Indigenous Australians aged between 19 to 20 reoffend and until they end up in prison. How can we reduce these disproportionate incarceration rates? Here are a few examples of some simple ways to stop Aboriginal youths from reoffending and to encourage growth and self-development. Brain food To put it simply: it is investment. You cannot expect change unless...

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Australia passes law to hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material”

Australia passes law to hold social media companies responsible for “abhorrent violent material”

It has been just four weeks after the devastating mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Australis sets a world-first in passing legislation that governs the conduct of social media and online platforms. On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a law requiring social media platforms to remove content that shows murders, rape, kidnapping, terrorist attacks and any sort of hate crime in Australia.The House of Representatives went through the toughest legal measures to hold social media companies...

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Revolutionising paedophilia with a non-offending self confessed paedophile

Revolutionising paedophilia with a non-offending self confessed paedophile

A non-offending self-confessed paedophile is trying to raise awareness and revolutionise the public’s understanding of underage attraction. Nickerson, from Tennessee, USA wants to encourage paedophiles to seek help and get support for their sexual inclinations. Nick sees this as a sexual orientation, but knows and understands it is unethical to act on it. The 43 year old works on the online forum ‘VirPed’ which is short for virtuous paedophiles; also known as ethical paedophiles. Can the community see these...

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Federal Budget dedicates $7.8 million for a child sex offender list – The search will be easy as a pin on a map

Federal Budget dedicates $7.8 million for a child sex offender list – The search will be easy as a pin on a map

Australians will soon be able to search for local child sex offenders, see their photograph and details. The Federal budget has allocated 7.8 million for this initiative, and Australians will access a wealth of information. This 2019-2020 budget will create an extensive National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders. The approach is simple: to create consistent access to information. The list will be so extensive that  the offenders date of birth, physical description, photograph and a general description of...

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Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen?

Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen?

Windscreen chips and cracks could make your car unroadworthy, and you could receive a fine if the crack is in sight of your driving. Is it illegal to drive with a cracked windscreen?Strictly speaking, it is not illegal to drive with a cracked or chipped windscreen, however, it could render your vehicle as ‘a dangerous vehicle’, which could give rise to the police issuing a penalty notice if you are caught. Can cracks in windshields be repaired? The good news is cracks and chips can be repaired. If a chip or crack...

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