New drink and drug driving penalties

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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.