At the start of your license training, every driver is taught the basic rules and regulations of driving. Over time, however, you may need to refresh your memory of these rules in order to avoid getting into any legal trouble in the form of Traffic Offences or drink driving.
Another reason to keep learning is that laws change over time and are different across states so you might want to be prepared. Platinum Lawyers has put together a list of rules that you need to know about driving safely in Sydney and Parramatta to avoid legal worries.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Drink Driving offences are one of the most common offences in New South Wales so it’s safe to say that it can happen to any one of us. The only way to avoid such a charge is to be careful and know the consequences.
Although imprisonment is unlikely unless in extreme cases; the immediate consequence of driving under the influence is automatic disqualification of your license and a fine depending on the circumstances.
In Sydney, if you are found with a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) of 0.05 or more, you will be considered legally drunk.
Wearing a seat belt
Every person in a vehicle, including the driver and passengers, is required to wear a well fitted and adjusted seatbelt. This might sound obvious but despite this law, it is estimated that each year more than 30 people are killed and 270 injured because of not wearing a seatbelt in NSW. The legal consequences of not wearing a seatbelt include penalties and demerit points for drivers who do not ensure that every passenger, including them, is wearing a seatbelt.
Distractions while driving
Research has found that 14% of crashes are caused by distractions inside or outside the vehicle. The most common distractions while driving include: mobile phones, adjusting vehicle settings, other passengers, eating, drinking, smoking and external distractions. Although not all of these may be punishable by law, they are all equally dangerous and must be avoided. Mobile phone road rules indicate that using your phone while driving can lead to demerit points.
It is best to follow these rules to stay safe. But if you are facing any such charges, getting help from a lawyer is the right thing to do. Platinum Lawyers can help you with drink driving or traffic offences. Contact us at (02) 8084 2764.