On the second day of Christmas - Safe driving over the Festive Season

Posted by Luke Mitchell on 18 November 2014

On the second day of Christmas the realisation hits home......The Festive Season is long.  Weeks of invitations to parties, events and end of year gatherings mean, as a driver, each time you attend an event you have to consider how you will get there and how you will get home.  If you choose to drive, the responsibility then is on knowing you risk your licence and the safety of yourself, those in your car or other road users  if you get it wrong.   

As an additional responsibility  to consider when deciding if you will drive to an event, for many, your licence forms a vital link to your employment and losing it could see you dismissed as you are then unable to carry out your role.  However, even if your employment does not require a licence, losing it may mean you cannot easily attend your place of employment due to it’s location or lack of public transport.   Clients will often ask whether or not they will still be able to drive to work if they are convicted of a drink driving offence.  Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a ‘work only’ licence and Court has no discretion to allow for variations to the disqualification of licence once a conviction is recorded for drink driving offences.

Should you be caught driving under the influence, the list of penalties below are not what you would want to begin the Festive Season with:

 

 ALCOHOL READINGS AND APPLICABLE PENALTIES

 

First Offence

Range

Alcohol Reading

Max Fine

Automatic Disqualification Period

Minimum Disqualification Period

Maximum Jail term applicable

Novice* Range

0.00 – 0.019

$1100.00

6 months

3 months

N /A

Special** Range

0.02 – 0.049

$1100.00

6 months

3 months

N /A

Low Range

0.05 – 0.079

$1100.00

6 months

3 months

N /A

Middle Range

0.08 – 0.149

$2200.00

12 months

6 months

9 months

High Range

0.15 +

$3300.00

3 years

12 months

18 months

 

Second Offence within 5 year period

Range

Alcohol Reading

Max Fine

Automatic Disqualification Period

Minimum Disqualification Period

Maximum Jail term applicable

Novice Range

0.00 – 0.019

$2200.00

12 months

6 months

N /A

Special Range

0.02 – 0.049

$2200.00

12 months

6 months

N /A

Low Range

0.05 – 0.079

$2200.00

12 months

6 months

N /A

Middle Range

0.08 – 0.149

$3300.00

3 years

12 months

12 months

High Range

0.15 +

$5500.00

5 years

2 months

2 years


* Novice – L & P Plate Drivers     
**Special - Drivers with conditions already applicable to their licence, including L & P Plate Drivers, Taxi Drivers and Bus Drivers

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