Don’t Drink & Drive – Here’s The Penalties If You Do

Don’t drink and drive. That’s our first and most important message and hopefully the only positive reminder anybody needs. But, as we approach the upcoming back-to-back long weekends – when there will undoubtedly be some festivities and shenanigans afoot – we appreciate that a bit of negative reinforcement can work as well as anything. With that in mind, we don’t propose to scare you with photos of horrific drink driving accidents – that’ll be saved for the Traffic Offenders Intervention Program – but here’s the penalties that you will be facing if you’re caught driving with alcohol in your system…

PCA offence Penalties               First offence      Second offence
High range PCA
(0.15 or above)
Or
Refuse breath analyser,
hinder or obstruct taking
of blood sample or wilfully
alter concentration in blood
Maximum fine
Maximum gaol term
Disqualification
– minimum
– maximum
– automatic
Immediate licence suspension
$3,300
18 months12 months
Unlimited
3 years
Yes
$5,500
2 years2 years
Unlimited
5 years
Yes
Mid range PCA
(0.08 to <0.15)
Maximum fine
Maximum gaol term
Disqualification
– minimum
– maximum
– automatic
Immediate licence suspension
$2,200
9 month6 months
Unlimited
12 months
Yes
$3,300
12 months12 months
Unlimited
3 years
Yes
Low range PCA
(0.05 to <0.08)
Or
Special range PCA
(0.02 to <0.05)
Or
Novice range PCA
(>0.0)
Maximum fine
Maximum gaol term
Disqualification
– minimum
– maximum
– automatic
Immediate licence suspension
$1,100
Not applicable3 months
6 months
6 months
No
$2,200
Not applicable6 months
Unlimited
12 months
No

The above is not intended as legal advice. You should obtain legal advice in relation to your own specific circumstances.

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