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Introduction to Policelink – “131 444”

Most Australians know that in emergencies, they need to call Triple-Zero (000) for assistance from either the police, ambulance services or the fire departments. Unfortunately, this number has been repeatedly misused by members of the public who call 000 for a wide range of non-emergency reasons ranging from the semi-serious (to report a theft that has already taken place) to the inane (to ask the 000 operator what the time is). Continue reading “Introduction to Policelink – “131 444””

New Laws for Supervisors of Learner Drivers

In Queensland, it has long been known that a person cannot drink liquor while driving a vehicle. This law, however, did not extend to supervisors of Learner drivers. This meant that a person could supervise a Learner driver while drinking liquor at the same time.

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Driving while Unlicensed in Queensland

A person can be charged with the offence of unlicensed driving for a number of reasons. An obvious example is where a person has never obtained a driver’s licence but drives a vehicle regardless. Similarly, a person commits an unlicensed driving offence if they fail to renew their driver’s licence after it expires and is subsequently found driving.
 
A person can also be charged with driving while unlicensed if they are caught driving during a period of suspension. The most common reasons why a person’s licence might be suspended are if their licence was suspended by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry for unpaid fines or by the Department of Transport due to accumulating too many demerit points. 

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Offender Levy

The Queensland Government has introduced an “offender levy” which applies to any offender (other than a child) who is sentenced in a Queensland court on or after 21 August 2012. According to the media statement, the purpose of the offender levy is to help reduce the costs of administering the criminal justice system and also to help pay for the costs of law enforcement.

Currently (as of 21 August 2012), the offender levy is $100 for Magistrates court matters and $200 for District and Supreme court matters.

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Fingerprinting for DUI/drink driving offences

There has been a lot of media attention recently on the issue of whether the police can, or should be able to, fingerprint drink drivers. This has resulted in Harper Finch Lawyers receiving a number of enquiries from concerned citizens about whether they’ve been made to provide their fingerprints when they should not have been. We therefore thought that we would take this opportunity to provide some clarification about the law as it currently stands. Continue reading “Fingerprinting for DUI/drink driving offences”

Tougher anti-hooning laws announced

On 18 July 2011, the Queensland government announced that it would be introducing tougher anti-hooning laws.According to the media statement, hoons and repeat dangerous drivers will lose their vehicles for seven days for their first impoundment offence (the current period is two days). A second impoundment offence will result in an automatic 28 day impoundment and subsequent offences can result in vehicles being impounded for three months or forfeited to the State. Continue reading “Tougher anti-hooning laws announced”

New drink driving laws

The Queensland government has recently introduced new drink driving laws which all drivers in Queensland need to understand.
Under these new laws, anyone caught drink driving with an alcohol concentration of 0.10 or higher will automatically have their driver’s licence suspended until the matter is finalised in court. The previous limit for immediate licence suspensions was 0.15. Continue reading “New drink driving laws”

New proposed drink driving laws announced

The Queensland Government has recently announced a number of significant reforms to Queensland drink-driving laws which will be introduced from the middle of 2011. These laws have been developed following statewide consultions with a number of stakeholders, including experts and the general public.
The new initiatives to be introduced are as follows:

  • Immediately suspending a person’s licence if they are found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% or above. This is a reduction from the current level of 0.15%.
  • Increasing the maximum time allowed to obtain a breath/blood specimen for drink-driving offences from two to three hours. This gives the police a longer period of time to test suspected drink-drivers.
  • Allowing the arresting/detaining officer to also conduct the breath analysis for drink-driving offences. Currently, the arresting/detaining officer cannot be the same officer who carries out the breath test on the arrested or detained person.

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