Road Rules

Towards Zero – Road Safety Plan 2021. What does it mean for you?


2017 was a devastating year on NSW roads. 392 people lost their lives in a year with the highest road toll since 2010.

Under new laws that will be introduced by Mid 2019, driver’s who commit a low-range drink driving offence will lose their licence on the spot for a period of three months as well as incur a fine of $561.00.

You will be penalised for low range drink drinking if your blood alcohol reading is anywhere between 0.05 and 0.079.

Driver’s who are detected roadside to have an illegal substance present in their blood will also be fined and lose their licence on the spot for a period of three months.

First time Mid Range drink driving offenders will be required to have an alcohol interlock device installed in their vehicle. You will be penalised for mid range drink driving if your blood alcohol reading in anywhere between 0.08 to less than 0.15.

The Alcohol Interlock Program is designed to ensure offenders separate their drinking from driving and improve safety for all road users. An Alcohol Interlock device is an electronic breath testing device that is linked to the ignition system of cars, motorcycles and heavy vehicles. Drivers must provide a breath sample that the interlock analyses for the presence of alcohol before the vehicle will start.

These new laws are a key priority of the Road Safety Plan 2021. The Road Safety Plan is targeted at providing safer communities and safer country roads by utilising current technologies and implementing harsher penalties for drink and drug driving. 

Remember double demerits commence at midnight on 20 December 2018 until 1 January 2019 (inclusive). Be sure not to drink drive or drive whilst under the influence of illicit substance. If you find yourself in trouble with the law, be sure to contact our Criminal Law Department on (02) 4647 7577 or contact or 24 hour criminal law hotline on (02) 8324 7527.

If you have any questions or for further information contact:

Luisa Gaetani
Senior Lawyer
02 4607 2112




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New NSW Road Rule: Slow Down To 40km/hr For Flashing Lights

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From 1 September 2018, drivers in New South Wales could face a fine of $448.00 and three (3) demerit points for exceeding the speed limit of 40 kilometres per hour whenever they pass an emergency vehicle that is stopped on the side of the road and flashing their blue and red lights. Drivers will also have to give way to any person who is on foot near the area of the emergency vehicle which is flashing their lights and to not increase their speed until they are safely past the area.

This rule applies to drivers passing near the area of a stationary emergency vehicle flashing their lights in both directions UNLESS the emergency vehicle is on the other side of the road and is separated by a median strip. However, if the emergency vehicle is on the median strip then the rule will continue to apply to drivers travelling in both directions. It applies to all roads including motorways, highways and freeways. The new rule will be in place for a trail period of 12 months to evaluate the safety and traffic impacts and any other consequences there may be for having the new rule.

Driving 40 kilometres per hour near stationary emergency vehicles is being introduced to improve the safety of police and emergency workers as well as those people emergency services seek to help. It also provides drivers with greater direction as to how they should approach a situation when they see the flashing lights. Transport for New South Wales, Centre for Road Safety, said motorists should always start slowing down in a controlled manner as soon as they see blue or red flashing lights, taking into account the road conditions at the time and other road users.

Emergency service vehicles covered by the new rule are:

  • NSW Police Force Vehicles

  • Ambulance Service of NSW vehicles

  • Fire & Rescue NSW vehicles

  • State Emergency Services vehicles

  • Rural Fire Service vehicles

  • Volunteer Rescue Association vehicles

  • Traffic Emergency Response vehicles

If you require any further information or need assistance in determining your options after receiving a fine, please contact:

Carrie Alton
02 4036 3307