Alcohol Interlock Program


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If you’ve been charged with an alcohol related driving offence, one way that you can reduce the disqualification period is by participating in the Alcohol Interlock Program.

What is the Alcohol Interlock Program?

The Alcohol Interlock Program is a program run by the courts for certain drivers who have been charged with drink driving offences.

The court will decide whether you are eligible to enter the program, however you must be willing to participate in the program.

If you are eligible, the court will issue an order stating that you are subject to a reduced disqualification period, and an interlock participation period.

During the reduced disqualification period, you won’t be able to drive at all – however the disqualification period will be less than if you chose not to participate in the program.

During the interlock participation period, you will be required to have an interlock device fitted to your car.

An alcohol interlock device is an electronic breath tester that is fitted to your car. You will be required to use it each time you start your car; your car won’t start if the interlock device is not used, or if you do not pass the breath test.

The interlock device will also require you to provide breath samples at random points during your journey.

The interlock device is designed to prevent you from driving if you register a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.02 or higher.

You will have to bear the cost of buying and fitting the device to your car.

If you want to obtain an interlock drivers license, you must also take part in the ‘Drink-less Program,’ which is a five minute survey about alcohol use that must be completed with your doctor.

Your doctor will also be given a certificate to sign. You must give this certificate to the RMS (previously known as the RTA) to be issued with your interlock drivers license.

If you don’t want to participate in the alcohol interlock program, you will likely face a period of disqualification from driving. The interlock program therefore gives you a valuable opportunity to get your license back sooner and continue driving.

Am I eligible?

Only certain offences will enable you to participate in the program. The table below lists eligible offences, as well as the disqualification compliance period (which is the minimum time that you will spend off the road) as well as the minimum interlock participation period (the minimum time that you must have the interlock device fitted to your car):

Offence

Disqualification Compliance Period

Minimum Interlock Participation Period

Drive with high range PCA where there is a previous conviction for any alcohol related major offence within the previous 5 years

12 months

48 months

Drive with high range PCA where there is no conviction for any alcohol-related major traffic offence within the previous 5 years

6 months

24 months

Drive with mid range PCA

6 months

24 months

Drive with low range PCA where there is a previous conviction for any alcohol related major offence within the previous 5 years

3 months

12 months

Drive with special range PCA where there is a previous conviction for a major offence within the previous 5 years

3 months

12 months

Drive under the influence of alcohol (DUI) where there is a previous conviction for any alcohol related major offence within the previous 5 years

12 months

48 months

Drive under the influence of alcohol where there is no previous conviction for any alcohol related offence within the previous 5 years

6 months

24 months

Refuse or fail to submit to a breath analysis where there is a previous conviction for any alcohol related major offence within the previous 5 years

12 months

28 months

Refuse or fail to submit to a breath analysis where there is no previous conviction for any alcohol related major offence within the previous 5 years

6 months

24 months

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

If you’ve been charged with an alcohol-related offence and you want the best results, it’s vital that you get the best legal team on your side.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we have defended clients in thousands of alcohol-related driving matters. We pride ourselves on our ability to obtain outstanding results in the most serious cases, including high range PCA.

Our team will do everything possible to ensure that you get the best result, including advising you of your options and assisting you enrol in the Traffic Offenders Program and the Alcohol Interlock Program.

We also guarantee that you will be represented in court by one of our senior Accredited Criminal Law Specialists, who have been recognised for their expert knowledge of criminal law as well as their courtroom skills.

If you are facing charges, obtain the best result in your traffic case by calling us now on (02) 9261 8881 and arrange your FREE first conference to discuss your matter.

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