Changes to serious drink and drug driving charges

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Police officer stopping for random breath test

Effective 1 July 2021, drivers caught driving with an unlawful BAC level and a prescribed illicit drug in their fluid, will face more serious drink and drug driving charges.

Driving with alcohol and/or drugs in your system can impair your ability to control a vehicle. Research suggests that a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05% means the risk of being involved in a traffic crash is double that of a person who has not been drinking at all. Police have powers to stop any driver and conduct alcohol and drug related tests.

For more information, please visit the Drink and Drug Driving page.