STRICTER PENALTIES FOR HIGH RANGE DRINK DRIVERS

The Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program came into effect on 1 February 2015.

On conviction the Court imposes a Licence disqualification ranging from a minimum of 6 months to a maximum of 9 months. This is followed by an Interlock period of 24 months.

Interlocks are electronic breath testing devices linked to a vehicle’s ignition system. It prevents the vehicle from starting if any alcohol is detected (zero tolerance).

The driver pays all the installation & leasing costs for the device. This can run into thousands of dollars.

The aim of the Program is to reduce road deaths & injuries.

More information can be obtained at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/…/drug-alc…/interlock-program.html