08 Oct 2018

Loss of licence for drink drivers

NSW set to introduce stiffer penalties for drink drivers
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Drink driving is dangerous and potentially deadly, and the NSW Government is making changes to reduce the harmful impact it has on our roads.  

The NSW Parliament passed new reforms last week as part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, with drivers now facing an immediate loss of licence and a bigger fine for drink driving offences.

Due in place by the end of 2018, the reforms will see drivers caught low-range drink driving (between 0.05 and 0.079) lose their licence on the spot for three months.

On top of that, you’ll have to fork out $561 for the fine.

The same penalty will apply to first time drug offenders detected by the NSW mobile drug testing (MDT) program.

Amongst the changes, first time mid-range drink driving offenders will need to have an alcohol interlock device installed into their vehicle.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey says the 0.05 limit has been in place in NSW for almost 38 years and there are no more excuses.

“The message to the community is powerful. Have a Plan B. Because if you drink [and] drive, you will be caught, and you will lose your licence,” says Mrs Pavey.

High-risk, repeat offenders will also be targeted with additional penalties for drink driving, including licence plate confiscation and vehicle impoundment.

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