Stricter requirements on NSW drivers convicted of serious and repeat drink driving offences will start on 1 February 2015. New laws will include a requirement for offenders to fit alcohol interlock devices to their vehicles.
From 1 February 2015, courts will be able to order offenders convicted of high range, repeat and other serious drink driving offences to complete:
A minimum licence disqualification period, and A minimum 12 month participation in the interlock program. Drink driving is a high risk problem.The new program is designed to provide a physical barrier between drinking and driving to reduce this road safety risk.
Transport for NSW Centre for Road Safety published statistics on their website showing Drink driving is a factor in about one in everyfive crashes in NSW where someone loses their life. Of the drink drivers who were killed in the five-year period from 2008 to 2012, 89 per cent were men and 66 per cent were under the age of 40.
– Slows your brain so that you can’t respond to situations, make decisions or react quickly
– Reduces your ability to judge how fast you are moving or your distance from other cars, people or objects
– Gives you a false sense of confidence – you may take greater risks, thinking that your driving is better than it really is
– Makes it harder to do more than one thing at a time – while you concentrate on steering, you could miss seeing traffic lights, cars entering from side streets or pedestrians
– Affects your sense of balance – a big risk if you ride a motorcycle
– Makes you drowsy – you could fall asleep at the wheel.
– You will be required to provide a breath sample in the first 3 to 15 minutes of the vehicle starting
– You will be required to provide subsequent samples at random times ranging from 15 to 60 minutes after the first Re-test