Newsflash: new penalties for drivers caught drink driving
A new set of penalties has been introduced for drivers who test positive for alcohol or drugs.
Low range, novice and special range drivers
Affected drivers include first-time, low range drink driving offenders who, if caught, can receive an immediate 3-month licence suspension and an on-the-spot fine of $561. This zero-tolerance approach means that for drivers caught drink driving at the low, novice or special-range level for the first time, police have the option to issue an immediate suspension and fine.
Before the reforms were put into place, all drivers who were caught drink-driving had to attend court and drivers with a low-range of alcohol detected did not have their licences suspended immediately. The changes now mean that more drivers caught drink driving will be off the road immediately.
Drug driving offences
Changes are now in place for drivers caught with drugs in their system. If a roadside drug test is confirmed by a lab, the driver can be issued with a fine and an automatic suspension of three months. This will only apply to first time offenders though.
Suspensions and Appeals
Think about the consequences to you of losing your licence? For work? At home?
If your licence is suspended, you can elect to have the matter determined in court and appeal the suspension. It’s important to note, that if you appeal your suspension, you cannot drive until it has been determined by the court.
If you decide to go to court, it is a good idea to seek legal advice well before your court date. This is largely because the court can impose a higher penalty and a longer period of licence disqualification. A conviction may also be recorded.
These rules took effect on 20 May 2019, so if you have found yourself receiving an on-the-spot suspension for drink or drug driving and require legal representation in appealing a suspension, we encourage you to get in touch with our team today at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0455 039 660 or 0455 039 707.
This information is provided as a general guide only and does not constitute legal advice.