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New drink and drug driving penalties

New drink and drug driving penalties that will become effective as of 30 April 2018. 

Briefly, the new laws are as follows.

 

Drink driving:

Anyone with a full driver licence who has a first offence Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading at or above 0.05 will incur the following:

  • A fine
  • Driver licence cancellation and disqualification, for at least 3 months 
  • Mandatory alcohol interlock upon licensing for at least 6 months, for drivers eligible for licensing 

 

The changes also apply to commercial drivers with a zero BAC requirement and a first offence BAC reading under 0.05.

 

All drink-drivers at any level will need to complete a new Behaviour Change Program (BCP), which replaces the existing Drink Driver Education program and alcohol assessments currently required of some drink-drivers. 

 

Drug driving:

Fail an oral fluids test (roadside drug test) when dealt with by Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN)

  • For a first offence, the mandatory licence suspension will increase from 3 months to 6 months. 

 

Fail an oral fluids test (roadside drug test) when dealt with by Court

  • For a first offence, the penalty will increase from licence cancellation and a minimum 3 month disqualification to licence cancellation and a minimum 6 month disqualification. 

 

The penalty for a repeat offence increases from licence cancellation and a minimum 6 month disqualification to licence cancellation and a minimum 12 month disqualification. 

 

All drug-drivers must complete a Behaviour Change Program (BCP).

 

All drug-drivers will also incur a fine.

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New drink and drug driving penalties
24 Apr 2018
New drink and drug driving penalties that will become effective as of 30 April 2018. 

Briefly, the new laws are as follows.   Drink driving: Anyone with a full driver licence... Read full article...