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Law in your backyard

The “Texting Tim” case study explored different types of offences that can be committed while driving a car in Australia. It’s now time for you to discover how the law applies in your jurisdiction.

What you need to do

  1. Go online and find the law and applicable penalties for driving-related offences in your jurisdiction. If you live in Australia, consider finding out about the law and penalties in another State or from another common law jurisdiction.

  2. In the Comments, share with other learners your findings.

Once you have, consider responding to the following questions.

  • Were these laws easy to find? Were any of the offences surprising?

  • Were the offences prescriptive (e.g. you must not eat a banana while driving) or more generally directed at safe driving (e.g. you must not drive carelessly). Discuss the appropriateness of this.

Don’t forget to contribute to the discussion by reviewing the comments made by other learners, making sure you provide constructive feedback and commentary.

Remember you can also ‘Like’ comments or follow other learners throughout the course.

Need help finding law resources?

If you’re not sure how to find law resources, watch Caroline’s How to start finding the law and How to access online law resources to learn how to access and search for legal information online.

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Law for Non-Lawyers: Introduction to Law

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