Alcohol Interlock

Sydney Drink Driving Laws: What Is The Alcohol Interlock Program?

If you've ever been charged or convicted of a DUI offence, then you are completely familiar with the Alcohol Interlock Program. However, some people are still not aware of this and even more so for first-time offenders. Besides escaping jail time, your drink driving lawyer through Drink Driving Defence Sydney will try their best to avoid this device for their clients.

Who is Required to Participate?

All drivers convicted of a repeat or serious drink driving offence committed on or after 1 February 2015 will receive an interlock order that requires them to participate in the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Program (unless the court determines an exemption applies).

A person who receives an interlock order and does not enter the interlock program will be disqualified from holding a licence (other than a learner or interlock licence) for a period of five years from the date of their conviction.

What Does the Interlock Program Entail?

This program involves a device being fitted to your vehicle that requires a sample of breath for the ignition to start. It's designed to allow convicted drivers to continue driving legally after rendering their short period of disqualification.  The exact period of disqualification will vary depending on the offense charged.

How Does the Interlock Device Work?

Once you are mandated to have this device fitted in your car, an RMS approved Interlock Device is fitted to your car, at your expense. Before you can start and use your vehicle, you need to pass the breath test. If you are over the legal limit, the engine simply will not start, however even once moving the device will require retakes of breath samples at random intervals. If you fail one of these retakes, the device will sound an alarm using both the horn and lights until the ignition is turned off. A breath test is then required to restart the car.

Although the interlock device sounds daunting - remember that it is a small price to pay to get you back on the road and on with your life.


New Interlock Penalties

Offence Minimum disqualification Maximum disqualification Minimum Interlock Period
Novice Range (2nd Offence)

1 month

3 months

12 months

Special Range (2nd Offence)

1 month

3 months

12 months

Low Range (2nd Offence)

1 month

3 months

12 months

Middle Range (2nd Offence)

6 months

9 months

24 months

High Range (1st Offence)

6 months

9 months

24 months

High Range (2nd Offence)

9 months

12 months

48 months

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

(2nd Offence)

6 months

9 months

24 months
Refuse Breath Analysis  (1st Offence)

6 months

9 months

24 months

Refuse Breath Analysis  (2nd Offence)

9 months

12 months

48 months

 

For further information on the Alcohol Interlock Device and how to avoid one, call Drink Driving Defence Sydney today.

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