Tougher drink and drug-driving laws

There are tougher penalties when you're caught driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

From 30 April 2018 the laws changed for alcohol and/or drug related driving offences. 

What's changed for drink-drivers

If you get caught drink driving you’ll:

  • need to pay a fine 
  • lose your licence
  • need to complete a compulsory Behaviour Change Program, and
  • need to get an alcohol interlock installed in any vehicle you drive (once re-licensed) for at least six months.

What's changed for drug-drivers

If you get caught with drugs in your system, you’ll lose your licence for a minimum of six months (instead of three) and will also need to complete a Behaviour Change Program before getting your licence back.

About the Behaviour Change Program

If you commit a drink or drug driving offence, you must complete a Behaviour Change Program before getting your licence back.  

The type of program you’ll need to complete will depend on your offence, but as a guide, they’re up to 12 hours long and are split over several days.  

The new program replaces the existing education program and includes alcohol screening and assessment, motivational and behaviour change techniques to address the underlying causes of drink and/or drug-driving. It can also provide referrals to specialist treatment services for people with a serious alcohol and/or drug problem. To find a BCP provider, see Behaviour Change Program providers.

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