Category: Alcohol Interlock Program

Drivers Getting the Message about Drink Driving


NSW police have praised drivers for the marked improvement in road safety behaviour over the recent Easter holiday season. Despite the strong police presence, the number of people detected for drink driving was significantly lower than last year. NSW police attended more than 340 incidents and two fatal accidents over the Easter period, while more ...

Should Interlock Devices be Fitted to All Vehicles?


Getting behind the wheel in Australia means having to obey a whole host of traffic rules – but imagine if this included a mandatory breath test before you even turned the ignition! While fitting an ‘alcohol interlock device’ may be part of the punishment for those convicted of serious drink driving offences, some believe that ...

The Treat That Can Make You Fail A Breath Test!


Cherry Ripes, tooth-pastes, Strepsils, mouthwashes, cough medicines and antibiotics have all been blamed for causing drivers to fail breath tests. But can these seemingly innocuous substances ever really be the culprit? It is well-known that alcohol from some mouthwashes and cough medicines can temporarily be detected in your breath – but only for about fifteen ...

New Penalties for High Range Drink Driving are Nearly Here


Has someone you know been charged with drink driving? If so, they may be familiar with how drink driving cases are dealt with in court. However, they may not be aware that law relating to drink driving are about to change in the very near future. The Road Transport Amendment (Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program) Bill ...

Top Ten Tips For Representing Yourself When Pleading Guilty to Drink Driving


Drink driving is one of the most common criminal offences before the NSW courts. Many people charged with drink driving will wish to plead guilty and get it over with, but won’t have the financial resources to hire a lawyer. They may want to have the disqualification period reduced down to the minimum (eg 6 ...

Reducing Repeat Drink Driving: Mandatory Interlock Licences for High Range and Repeat Drink Driving are on the Horizon


Drink driving is a prevalent and concerning safety issue on our roads. The statistics and research for drink driving overwhelmingly point to it’s dangers – including the risk of property damage, serious injury and death on our roads. Despite countless media campaigns against drink driving, it remains the most prevalent criminal offence dealt with by ...

How do I Get a Sydney Interlock Device?


The alcohol interlock program was introduced in 2003 as a way to help reduce repeated drink driving offences in NSW, including in Sydney. An interlock device is fitted to the ignition of the participant’s car under the program, and the participant is required to use the device’s breathalyser to test their blood alcohol content (BAC) ...

Reducing Reoffending – Part of a Criminal Lawyer’s Duty


Some people might think that a criminal lawyer’s job is simply to ‘get clients off’ without addressing the issue of reoffending, or ‘recidivism’. That is not true. Part of a criminal lawyer’s job – particularly when dealing with clients who wish to plead ‘guilty’ – is to guide clients towards doing what’s necessary to convince ...