Drink drivers caught breaking the law in NSW are set to soon face even harsher penalties under newly revised legislation.

So called ‘low-range’ offences will now include a $561 fine plus instant, roadside three-month license loss.

The same new penalties will also apply to first-time ‘drug presence’ offenders.

Beyond low-level offences (0.05-0.07 BAC), mid-range offenders (0.08-0.149 BAC) will also be forced to fit an alcohol interlock in their cars.

And drivers considered high-risk, repeat offenders may have their vehicle impound or face licence plate confiscation.

Melinda Pavey, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said:

“The 0.05 limit has been in place in NSW for almost 38 years. Today is about driving home to the community that there are no more excuses,”


“The message to the community is powerful. Have a Plan B. Because if you drink drive, you will be caught, and you will lose your licence.”

Although they’re tougher than the existing New South Wales rules, the revised laws still aren’t as severe as those in Victoria, where drivers caught with a BAC between 0.05 and 0.10 instantly lose their license for six months, are forced to complete a behaviour change program, and also must fit an alcohol interlock to their car.

The new laws come into force at the end of this year. 

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