New laws for drink driving

Drivers who commit a low-range drink driving offence will lose their licence on the spot under new laws that will be introduced by May 2019. Under the new laws a driver who commits a low range drink driving offence will be fined $561 and lose their licence immediately for three months.

The new laws also apply to first time drug presence while driving offences that are detected on the roadside by NSW’s drug testing (MDT) program. The penalties are a fine and three month licence suspension.

From December 2018 first time mid-range offenders will be required to have a interlock device fitted to their car for two years. Repeat offenders will face vehicle sanctions, such as licence plate confiscation and vehicle impoundment.

Those who choose to defend a low-range charge in court could face maximum penalties of $2,200.

If you have been charged with a drink or drug driving offence it is important that you get legal advice. North Shore Criminal Law has over 20 years experience in traffic matters and can assist you. Call on (02) 9955 2298 or 0400 44 6424.