Tough New Laws Introduced Where NSW Drink-Drivers Lose Their Licence Immediately
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The simple remedy to this would be choosing to lead an anti-inflammatory, organic lifestyle and you’ll never be at risk of losing your licence. Or you can just not drink and drive, which includes the day after a big night out, as most would still be over the limit.
Tough new laws are to be introduced on May 20 for NSW where every person caught over the legal limit for drink driving, even low-range drink-drivers, will lose their licence on the spot, and be fined $561 under the new penalties.
This policy has been announced today by NSW Roads Minister, Andrew Constance, who says the state now has a “zero tolerance” for drink-driving and drug-driving on confirmation of lab test results.
“This means anyone caught drink-driving in NSW, at any level, including low-range, can now lose their licence immediately,” the minister said in a statement today.
This reform makes it clear if you break the law, you will pay the price. We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug driving.”
To confirm this deterrent, Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corboy also said the reform would help protect road users by ensuring swift penalties.
“Alcohol is one of the major factors in crashes that kill or injure people on NSW roads,” Mr Corboy said.
“The 0.05 blood alcohol limit has been in place for almost 38 years. There are no more excuses.”
Just in case you were not aware, the current blood alcohol limit (BAC) for full licence holders, car or riders, is under 0.05. This limit is the same for fully licenced drivers from overseas.
If you’re driving public passenger vehicles, which includes buses and taxis, coaches, heavy vehicles and driving dangerous goods, the limit is 0.02.
Learner and P Plater drivers must still have a BAC of zero.
About 68 people died in alcohol-related crashes on NSW roads last year and its approximately the same statistics for deaths related to drug-driving.