From 20 May 2019, all drink driving offenders can now immediately lose their licence under tough new penalties announced by the Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance.
Drink drivers who are first-time, Low range PCA offenders with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to less than 0.08 will receive an immediate three month licence suspension and fine of $561.
Offenders who drive with the presence of illicit drugs for the first time will also receive a $561 fine and a three month licence suspension if the offence is confirmed by laboratory analysis.
From 3 December 2018 a first offence Mid-Range offence will now be subject to the mandatory interlock order regime. This significant development means if you are convicted of the offence, even for the first time, you will be disqualified for 3 or 6 months, and then ordered to go on to an interlock licence for at least 12 months. This was previously reserved for High-Range offences, however a court has a discretion to exempt you from the interlock order.
The maximum penalty will increase from a fine of $2,200 to $3,300 and the maximum period of imprisonment of 9 months will remain.