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Can you use your mobile phone as a navigation device in NSW?

Can you use your mobile phone as a navigation device in NSW?

It is obvious that using your mobile phone in your car is illegal and can result in fines, points and loss of licence. But what are the terms of using Sat Nav and maps on your mobile phone whilst driving in NSW? The dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving can be extremely dangerous and in some instances deadly. Australian authorities are clocking up tens of millions of dollars in fines every year as we cannot seem to restrain ourselves from using our mobile phones in the car whilst driving. You may be...

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Pill testing

Pill testing

Following the tragic and untimely deaths of two young people at the Defqon music festival last weekend, it is now absolutely crucial that Australia comes to the party and supports pill testing at recreational events. Do not be mistaken: Pill testing is not condoning or encouraging illicit drug use, it is simply a means of harm reduction. So, what is pill testing? Pill testing is service that allows individuals to anonymously hand in their drugs to be tested before consumption. The test will provide information on...

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Disqualified Under Habitual Traffic Offender Scheme

Disqualified Under Habitual Traffic Offender Scheme

On 28 October 2017, the Habitual Traffic Offender Scheme was abolished with new laws coming in place. Under the former regime, if a person committed three or more serious traffic offences (such as drinking driving, drug driving or driving without current license) within the period of five years, they would automatically be declared Habitual Traffic Offender. The declaration disqualified the driver for five years from driving, in addition to the disqualification period imposed by the court for the third and any...

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Actual Bodily Harm

Actual Bodily Harm Assault occasioning actual bodily harm is a type of common assault and is considered as a serious offence. Under sec 59 of Crimes Act 1900 this offence attracts maximum penalty of 5 years. The penalty increases to 7 years if the offence is committed in the company of someone else. However, if the matter is dealt with in the local court where the maximum penalty is 2 years. Meaning Actual Bodily Harm means any injury which is calculated to interfere with the health or comfort of the victim. The...

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Firearms Prohibition Order

Another raid in the name of Firearms Prohibition Order. Sydney nightclub owner and underworld identity John Ibrahim’s mansion was the target of police raid, yesterday. The raid was relating to the serving of ‘Firearms Prohibition Order’. Mr Ibrahim’s mansion in Dover Heights was raided for five hours by the police but returned empty handed. Mr Ibrahim’s home was also raided last August, the same month his mother’s home in Sydney’s west was searched by police. Mr. Ibrahim has vigorously challenged the order. This...

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Gun Raids Across Several Sydney Homes finding illegal firearms

Gun Raids Across Several Sydney Homes finding illegal firearms

Several homes across Sydney were raided by New South Wales Police for arms and ammunition. The operation was conducted in the light of recent shootings. Possession of an illegal firearm is a serious crime in NSW. Local police teamed up with Strike Raptor Force and intelligence bodies for the searches, which included two high-risk locations in Merrylands and Auburn. Firearms were seized from 18 different locations and individuals from these properties were issued with Firearms Prohibition Orders. The raids...

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Loaded gun and cocaine seized from teen’s car

Loaded gun and cocaine seized from teen’s car

Police seized a loaded gun, cocaine, prescription drugs and a stash of cash from the car of a Sydney teenager. Drug possession and an illegal firearm are serious offences in NSW. The teenager was emerging from a side street, in western Sydney at about 7.40pm on Friday night, when he almost collided with a Strike Force Raptor police vehicle and was pulled over. The 19-year-old was walking away from his vehicle when the police stopped him and carried out a search of his vehicle. They found a Glock pistol, cocaine...

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Home Invasion in Sydney’s West

Home Invasion in Sydney’s West

Two were stabbed and one shot during a violent home invasion overnight in Bringelly, south-west of Sydney. Home invasion is a serious offence. Just before 11.30pm on Monday a man and a woman armed with a knife and a gun forced their way into a house on Mersey Road in Bringelly. A fight broke between the occupants of the house and the intruders. A man was stabbed in his chest and stomach and a woman was stabbed in her hand and neck. A third person in the house was found uninjured. The police were called to a...

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Man charged with luring a 14-year-old girl and has two teenage children of his own

Man charged with luring a 14-year-old girl and has two teenage children of his own

A driving instructor from Westmead has been charged for having sexually explicit conversations online with a person believed to be a 14-year-old girl. This would be a charge of using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years for sex. Police allege the man, aged 63, believed to be chatting to a young girl who actually was a detective from Strike Force Trawler. Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CIEU into the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through the internet. The...

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Police Brutality- Why do they get away with it?

Police Brutality- Why do they get away with it?

Now and then, police have been under investigation for using extreme power to control a particular situation. Police brutality should be a crime. The incidence of Byron Bay teenager is a clear example of police brutality. Four police officers are under investigation for misconduct for beating a disoriented teenager. The CCTV footage of the four police officers beating the teenager was first aired on A Current Affair causing an outrage in local community.  The 16-year-old schoolboy is seen with no clothes on being...

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Two arrested over the stabbing of a teenager in Balmain

Two arrested over the stabbing of a teenager in Balmain

Jeremy Allen and Cassandra Ross have been arrested and facing charges for stabbing a teenager outside Woolworths in Balmain. The 16-year-old boy was leaving Woolworths with his 14-year-old brother when he was approached by the accused for a cigarette lighter. The accused and the victim had an altercation before the man stabbed the teenager in the abdomen and left with his partner. The accused is charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to murder, reckless grievous bodily harm, and reckless wounding. He...

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