New NSW drink and drug driving penalties

Posted on July 15th, 2019 by drnksydneyD6 Driving being breathalysed

You’ve heard it on the news. Or you saw it on Facebook.

“New drink driving laws. Zero-tolerance”.

That’s a bit worrying to hear, isn’t it?

Might even make you say “no thanks, I’m driving” when your friend offers you that glass of red while you’re over for dinner.

But what exactly are these new laws and what are these new penalties?

Here’s what you need to know:

Tougher penalties (even for minor offences)

In the past, you may have gotten away with being slightly over the 0.05 BAC limit. But with these new laws in place, you’ll be met with an instant licence suspension of 3 months and a fine of $561.

But it’s your first offence?

You’ll still have your licence suspended for 3 months on the spot.

Think that’s tough?

If you were in Victoria, you would have been facing a minimum suspension of 6 months.

Alcohol interlock laws

What’s an alcohol interlock?

It’s a device that connects to the ignition of your car. In order to start your engine, you need to blow into it and show a BAC of 0.

Yes, not 0.05.

A blood alcohol of zero.

And on top of this, a camera is also installed to make sure the person blowing into the device is in fact the driver.

So what’s new?

If you’re caught with a BAC between 0.08 to 0.15, you’re considered a mid-range offender and will be facing hefty fines of up to $2,200. Click here for a chart with details of each bracket and their penalties.

While in the past, you had to be in the high-range (above 0.15) to be issued an order for an alcohol interlock to be installed…

Now alcohol interlock laws are applied to mid-range offenders as well.

Even if it’s your first time being caught, you’ll need to take part in this program.

This means that the only people exempt from this, are first-time low-level offenders with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.08.

Have you been caught driving under the influence?

Are you worried about the hefty penalties you’re about to face and want legal advice?

Get in touch with Drink Driving Defence Sydney today.

Phone 1300 333 069 or contact