‘No excuses’: drink-driving laws boosted
Instant licence loss for low-range cases
TOUGH new drink-driving laws mean people who commit a low-range drink-driving offence will lose their licence immediately and be hit with a hefty fine.
The NSW Government will introduce the new laws by mid 2019.
Under the new laws, any driver who commits a lowrange drink driving offence will be fined $561 and lose their licence for three months.
Penalties for first-time drug presence offences detected on the roadside via NSW’s mobile drug testing (MDT) program will include a fine and threemonth licence suspension.
From this month, first-time mid-range offenders will need to have an alcohol interlock device installed to prove they can separate their drinking from driving. Repeat offenders will face vehicle sanctions, including licence plate confiscation and vehicle impoundment.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said last year 55 people lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes and 81 people died in crashes involving someone with illicit drugs in their system.
“The 0.05 limit has been in place in NSW for almost 38 years. It is about driving home to the community that there are no more excuses,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The message to the community is powerful. Have a Plan B. Because if you drinkdrive, you will be caught, and you will lose your licence.”
The tough new laws come as part of a the 2021 Road Safety Plan.
The government hopes by 2021 to have reduced road fatalities by at least 30 per cent from 2008-2010 levels.
By 2026, the plan aims to set new road safety targets every 10 years, and reviewed every five years, to make sure drink and drug-related fatalities and serious injuries on the state’s roads continue to decline.
The ultimate goal of the plan is an aspirational target of zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2056.
IT IS ABOUT DRIVING HOME TO THE COMMUNITY THAT THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES.
MINISTER FOR ROADS, MARITIME AND FREIGHT MELINDA PAVEY