Drink Driving Penalties | Drug Driving Penalties


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The following is a table of penalties for ‘Drink Driving’, ‘Drug Driving’ and related driving offences:

PCA Offence Penalties First Offence Second or subsequent offence
High range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or above)OR Refuse a breath analysis, hinder or obstruct taking of a blood sample, wilfully alter the concentration in the blood.
Maximum court-imposed fine $3,300 $5,500

Maximum gaol term

18 months 2 years
Minimum Disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 3 years 5 years
Immediate licence suspension Yes Yes
Mid range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 to less than 0.15)
Maximum court- imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term 9 months 12 months
Minimum Disqualification 6 months 12 months
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 12 months 3 years
Immediate licence suspension Yes Yes
Low range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to less than 0.08)ORNovice range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration over zero for novice drivers) OR Special range PCA
(Blood alcohol concentration over 0.02 for special category drivers)
Maximum court- imposed fine $1,100 $2,200
Maximum gaol term N/A N/A
Minimum Disqualification 3 months 6 months
Maximum Disqualification 6 months Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 6 months 12 months
Immediate licence suspension No No

* ‘automatic’ is the disqualification period that applies in the absence of a specific court order.

Offence Penalties First Offence Second or Subsequent Offence
Drive under the influence of alcohol or another drug. Maximum court- imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term 9 months 12 months
Minimum Disqualification 6 months 12 months
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 12 months 3 years
Drive with the presence of any of the following drugs in oral fluid, blood or urine:

  • Active THC (Cannabis),
  • Methylamphetamine (Speed/ice) or
  • Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA or ‘ecstasy’).
Maximum court- imposed fine $1,100 $2,200
Minimum Disqualification 3 months 6 months
Maximum Disqualification 6 months Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 6 months 12 months
Drive with the presence of any of the following drugs in blood or urine:

  • Morphine (unless proven for medicinal use)
  • Cocaine
Maximum court- imposed fine $1,100 $2,200
Minimum Disqualification 3 months 6 months
Maximum Disqualification 6 months Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 6 months 12 months
Refuse to provide oral fluid sample.OR Refuse or fail to submit to providing a blood sample when unable to provide an oral fluid sample. Maximum court- imposed fine $3,300 $5,500
Maximum gaol term N/a 18 months
Minimum Disqualification 6 months 12 months
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 3 years 5 years
Wilfully introduce or alter the amount of a drug in oral fluid or blood after being required to provide an oral fluid or blood sample. Maximum court- imposed fine $3,300 $5,500
Minimum Disqualification 6 months 12 months
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 3 years 5 years
Refuse to submit to taking of a blood or urine sample after involvement in a fatal crash.ORWilfully introduce or alter the amount of a drug in blood or urine after involvement in a fatal crash. Maximum court- imposed fine $3,300 $5,500
Maximum gaol term 18 months 2 years
Minimum Disqualification 6 months 12 months
Maximum Disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Automatic Disqualification* 3 years 5 years

* ‘automatic’ is the disqualification period that applies in the absence of a specific court order.