Written by  Joseph Burke 2014-12-27

Recent changes to drink driving laws in victoria

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One of the final acts of the Napthine government before its electoral defeat in Victoria was to implement new drink driving laws effective 1 October 2014. These new laws act to impose an interlock condition of at least six months for all drivers caught with a BAC of 0.07 or above.

Previously, the period of an alcohol interlock condition was at the discretion of the court for full licence holders, aged 26 and over, unless the BAC alleged was 0.15 or more. This discretion no longer exists, and unless the BAC alleged is less than 0.07 (for full licence holders aged 26 or over), an interlock condition is now inescapable unless the charges are successfully contested.

Learner drivers and probationary drivers with a BAC < 0.05 will now get a six month suspension with an interlock condition, where previously this offence attracted ten demerit points and a fine. Full licence holders aged 26 or over with a BAC < 0.07 will still receive the existing penalty of ten demerit points and a fine.

It is recommended that you seek legal advice if you have been charged with a drink driving offence.

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