Tough new drink and drug driving penalties
Drug affected drivers will be hit with instant roadside bans as part of sweeping reforms being introduced into Parliament today. The reforms include the creation of new offences for driving while affected by a combination of alcohol and drugs.
To protect other road users, these changes will authorise police to immediately prohibit a driver who tests positive for drugs at a roadside test, from driving for 24 hours. Fines for standalone drink and drug driving offences have also been increased. For example, someone caught driving under the influence of alcohol and meth could face a maximum fine of up to $5,600 and will have their licence disqualified for at least 15 months.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts told Jo McManus the changes are to recognise the increased level of driving impairment and the risk posed by those people who mix alcohol and drugs, and then drive.
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