New Drink-Driving Law Slammed By Experts
In a move that has outraged experts, low-range drink drivers in New South Wales will no longer have to appear in court.
Instead, drivers who are just over the limit will now cop an on-the-spot fine, but won't face a judge.
The fine for low-range DUI has gone up from $482 to $561.
The new laws have passed NSW Parliament's Lower House but haven't yet been approved in the Upper House, in a move to try and take pressure off our overcrowded courts.
However, experts have slammed the proposed reforms, saying the changes would do little to dissuade motorists from drink-drinking.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Sydney lawyer John Sutton said on-the-spot fines won't stop people drink driving.
'Infringement notices as more or less a taxation rather than a punishment,'
NSW Bar Association deputy senior public defender Richard Wilson said giving fines instead of making the guilty party appear in court sends the wrong message.
Mr Sutton said simply issuing a fine will make some people treat drink-driving as a less serious crime, and that only having to face court will stop drivers re-offending.
'The humiliation and embarrassment of having to collect references and admit criminal conduct, culminating in the experience of appearing before a judicial officer is what is necessary to cause offenders to modify their behaviour,' he told the Daily Telegraph.