Drink Driving Laws Becoming Tougher

20:05' 09-11-2017
Each year, up to 3,000 full licence holders are caught drink-driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) between 0.05 and 0.07. Drink drivers are twice as likely to be involved in a crash, and last year drink-driving contributed to nearly a quarter of all road deaths.

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    In an effort to improve road safety in Victoria, the State Government has announced a comprehensive package of driver safety reforms with tougher penalties for dangerous drivers.

    Under the proposed changes, drivers detected with a BAC of 0.05-0.069 will face licence cancellation and disqualification for three months for a first offence.

    Also, drivers with a BAC over 0.05 must have an alcohol interlock fitted to their vehicle for six months. This is an electronic breath-testing device wired to the ignition system of a vehicle,  including motorcycles, cars and trucks. The vehicle will not start unless the driver passes a breath test.

    Research shows that installing alcohol interlocks slashes repeat drink-driving by 63%. Licence disqualification alone can cut instances of repeat drink-driving by 70%, and reduce crashes by 79%.

    In addition, all drink-drivers will have to complete a new behaviour change program before getting their licenses back.

    License disqualifications will also be doubled from three to six months for those caught driving under the influence of drugs, and penalties for repeat offences will also double. There are also tougher penalties for excessive speeding, unlicensed driving, and employing an unlicensed driver in a driving role.

    Victoria Police will be given greater ability to immediately impound vehicles for a range of dangerous driving behaviours, and will be allowed to use a range of new devices in vehicle pursuits.

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