Serious and repeat drink driving offences

 

For offences committed after 1 February 2015, stricter penalties for NSW drivers convicted of serious and repeat drink driving offences apply. Under the new laws you will be restricted to driving a vehicle that has an alcohol interlock device for a period following your return to driving.

interlock program

On your sentence date if you are convicted of a high range, repeat or other serious offence the court will order:

  • A disqualification period, and
  • A participation period in the interlock program

The court may grant an exemption from the interlock program in limited circumstances.

What is an interlock?

Interlocks are electronic breath testing devices linked to the ignition system of cars, motor cycles and heavy vehicles. You must provide a breath sample that the interlock analyses for the presence of alcohol before the vehicle will start. If a positive sample is detected the vehicle will not start. Randomly-timed breath tests must also be passed during a journey.

Penalties:

LR PCA – second offence within 5 years

Minimum interlock participation period – 12 months

Minimum Disqualification compliance period – 1 month

 

HR PCA or Refuse/Fail to Submit to Breath Analysis – first offence

Minimum interlock participation period – 24 months

Minimum Disqualification compliance period – 6 months

 

HR PCA or Refuse/Fail to Submit to Breath Analysis – second offence within 5 years

Minimum interlock participation period – 48 months

Minimum Disqualification compliance period – 9 months

 

MR PCA – second offence within 5 years

Minimum interlock participation period – 24 months

Minimum Disqualification compliance period – 6 months

 

Are there non-compliance penalties?

Yes! If an interlock order lock is made and you do not enter into the program you will be disqualified for 5 years from the date of your conviction.

 

Phone us now to learn more about the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program on (02) 9744 0722.