More on the new drink driving penalties

Posted on March 27th, 2015

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by Lana Black

Lana Black is a Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay and practises primarily in  Commercial & Property Law.

Further to our recent article ‘A Must Know – The New Drink Driving Penalties’, the following table provides details of the new disqualification periods and interlock periods imposed for serious and repeat drink driving offences:

Range Minimum Disqualification Maximum Disqualification Minimum Interlock Period
Novice range 3 months (first offence)
1 month (second or subsequent offence)
Automatic – 6 months (first offence)3 months (second or subsequent offence) -12 months (second or subsequent offence)
Special range 3 months (first offence)
1 month (second or subsequent offence)
Automatic – 6 months (first offence)3 months (second or subsequent offence) -12 months (second or subsequent offence)
Low range 3 months (first offence)
1 month (second or subsequent offence)
Automatic – 6 months (first offence)3 months (second or subsequent offence) -12 months (second or subsequent offence)
Middle range 6 months (first offence)
6 months (second or subsequent offence)
Automatic – 12 months (first offence)9 months (second or subsequent offence) -2 years (second or subsequent offence)
High range 6 months (first offence)
9 months (second of subsequent offence)
9 months (first offence)12 months (second of subsequent offence) 2 years (first offence)4 years (second or subsequent offence)

If a person refuses to enter the Interlock Program or fails the Interlock Program, his/her licence will be disqualified for a period of five years.

The new provisions have resulted in significant changes to the penalties imposed on serious and repeat drink driving offenders.

Lana Black is a Solicitor at Mullane & Lindsay and practises in Commercial and Property Law as well as Criminal/Traffic Law. If you require any assistance in this area please contact Lana Black to arrange a consultation or contact our Newcastle office.

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