Category: Low Range Drink Driving

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New Drink Driving and Drug Driving Laws in NSW


On 25th September 2018, the New South Wales parliament passed the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Penalties and Other Sanctions) Bill which comes into effect across the state on Monday, 20 May 2019. The legislation amends the Road Transport Act 2013 in respect of the rules relating to drug driving and novice, special and low-range drink …
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Government Tightens Screws on Unjust Drug Driving Regime


As of next Monday, 20 May, first time alleged low-range drink drivers and drivers in respect of whom the presence of drugs is confirmed by a laboratory analysis will be fined $561 and have their licences suspended for three months. For drivers registering a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.079, the fine will …
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Low Range Drink Drivers to Face On-The-Spot Fines & Suspensions


Low-range drink driving is where a driver has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05 to 0.79 millilitres per 210 litres of breath. The maximum penalty when it’s the driver’s first major traffic offence within 5 years is an ‘automatic’ licence disqualification of 6 months – which can be reduced by the court to as low …
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0.05 Alcohol Limit for Drink Driving: Has Australia Got it Right?


In Australia, drivers are required to maintain a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of under 0.05% (i.e. 0.05 grams of alcohol per 100 mL of blood). Readings of 0.05 to 0.079 are classified as ‘low range’, readings between 0.08 and 0.149 are ‘mid range,’ and readings greater than 0.150 are in the ‘high range’. However, other …
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Traffic Offences: Hot Spots for Getting Caught


Home to tourist hotspots like Manly and Palm Beach, the Northern Beaches is one of the most scenic areas of Sydney. But according to data obtained by Fairfax Media, the region also has the highest number of drink driving offences, with police charging 602 drivers in the year to 17 December. The Tweed / Byron …
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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 …
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Should low-range drink drivers get criminal records?


If you have been charged with drink driving, you are certainly not alone. Drink driving, also known as ‘P.C.A.’, is the most common offence in NSW Local Courts, accounting for 20% of all cases. And it may surprise you that over half of those who are guilty of low-range drink driving end up with criminal …
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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 …
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When can Police Suspend my Licence on the Spot?


Sometimes police can suspend your driver’s licence on the spot if they allege you have committed a serious traffic offence. They can do this immediately after you have been pulled-over, or within 48 hours afterwards. Driving licence suspension notices take effect either from the day which you received the notice in the mail or, if …
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Why You Should Hire an Expert Drink Driving Lawyer in Sydney


Are you facing drink driving charges? You may have been caught drink driving during a random breath test carried out by police at the roadside, or as a result of being breathalysed following a car accident. If so, you are probably concerned about the penalties you face, and whether or not you will lose your …