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NSW passes tougher drink driving penalties

New South Wales has passed revised drink driving legislation, hitting drivers with harsher penalties for 'low-range' offences. Under the new laws, low-range offences will be met with a $561 fine and instant, roadside three-month license loss...

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NSW to crack down on drug driving
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NSW to crack down on drug driving

The New South Wales Government has announced a crack down on drug driving in the state, strengthening current legislation and boosting roadside drug testing. According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2017, with preliminary data indicating drug-affected drivers were a major contributing factor in 36 fatal accidents during that period - resulting in 42 fatalities...


Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows
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Speeding as dangerous as drink-driving, study shows

The Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety (CARRS-Q) has released the results of a new study detailing which driver groups are the worst speeding offenders. The study has moved its creators to declare speeding, the most common traffic offence, as dangerous as drink-driving...


Victoria Police to impound cars of first-time drink drivers
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Victoria Police to impound cars of first-time drink drivers

First time drink-driving offenders in Victoria who blow 0.1 or over could soon have their car impounded for a month, or clamped, under revised State laws.  From August 1 this year, motorists found behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.1 or above — twice the 0.05 legal limit — could lose their vehicle for 30 days...


Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit
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Victorian Government, Opposition reject calls for 0.02 blood-alcohol limit

The Victorian Government and the Opposition have both rejected calls from Victoria Police and road safety experts to reduce the legal blood-alcohol limit to 0.02. Victoria Police this week reopened the debate over the current 0.05 blood-alcohol limit, claiming that reducing the legal limit would cut the number of deaths and the level of trauma caused by drink-drivers...


Drink-drivers face stricter interlock laws in Victoria
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Drink-drivers face stricter interlock laws in Victoria

Drink-drivers who record a blood-alcohol reading of 0.07 and above will be forced to fit ignition interlock devices to their vehicles under new laws announced by Victoria’s transport minister today. From October, first-time offenders who blow 0.07 or above, and probationary and professional drivers and those caught driving on a cancelled licence who blow between 0...


One in five Australians admit to drink driving
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One in five Australians admit to drink driving

More than one in five Australians has admitted to drink driving, according to the results of a new survey. The 2014 Annual Alcohol Poll, released by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education from data collected by Galaxy Research, found 22 per cent of people surveyed had driven a car after drinking, including eight per cent who said they had done so in the past 12 months...


Victoria to enforce alcohol interlocks for all drink drivers: report
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Victoria to enforce alcohol interlocks for all drink drivers: report

All Victorians caught drink driving will be forced to fit alcohol interlocks to their vehicles under a major shake-up of the state's road rules. The Herald Sun reports the Victorian State Government has begun drafting new legislation that would require all drivers caught over the legal blood-alcohol limit to have interlock devices fitted to their car to deter them from reoffending...


France introduces mandatory breathalyser law
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France introduces mandatory breathalyser law

From July 1, 2012 new legislation came into effect requiring every motorist in France to carry a breathalyser kit or risk facing a fine. In a bid to reduce the number of drink-driving-related fatalities in France, the new regulations, which exclude mopeds, mean that motorists and motorcyclists will need to travel with two single-use breathalysers or risk an on-the-spot 11-euro ($13) fine...


Noosa man loses licence for 10 months after drink driving on motorised esky
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Noosa man loses licence for 10 months after drink driving on motorised esky

A Noosa man has lost his licence for 10 months and was fined $500 for driving a motorised esky while drunk. Police caught Chris Petrie driving the esky along Noosa Parade just before midnight on June 16. When breath tested (we doubt it was a ‘random breath test’), the 23-year-old blew 0.160 – more than three times the legal limit...


Riding a horse while drunk suggested by Montana officials
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Riding a horse while drunk suggested by Montana officials

The Montana Department of Transport (MDT) has sparked controversy with its latest safety campaign that suggests riding a horse home after drinking as an alternative to driving a car. Although the advertisement is more tongue-in-cheek than anything else, it turns out that riding a horse while under the influence in the state of Montana is legal, and an acceptable mode of transportation for those who have had a few too many...


Young Australians driving after boozy nights: report
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Young Australians driving after boozy nights: report

Almost half of Australia’s young drivers admit to driving the morning after a night of heavy drinking, according to the results of a new survey. The AAMI Young Drivers Index surveyed about 3000 young people aged 18 to 24, and revealed 46 percent had chosen to drive after a night out, even though they believed they were still over the legal blood-alcohol limit...


Alcohol ignition interlocks for Queensland's drink drivers
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Alcohol ignition interlocks for Queensland's drink drivers

New laws introduced in Queensland today will force high-risk drink drivers to pay for alcohol ignition interlock systems to be installed in their vehicles. The interlock devices will be fitted to the vehicles of drivers who: refuse a breath test or blood test, record a blood-alcohol content of more than 0...


High-speed caravan chase abandoned, sleeping man cleared of drink-driving
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High-speed caravan chase abandoned, sleeping man cleared of drink-driving

South Australian police in Adelaide’s north were forced to abandon a high-speed pursuit of a stolen Holden Commodore that was towing a caravan when the chase became too dangerous. The ABC reports police were forced to call off the early morning chase when the driver of the stolen car began swerving across the road, almost to the point of rolling the caravan...


Man loses licence drink driving in pink Barbie car
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Man loses licence drink driving in pink Barbie car

Straight from the "are you serious?" files, a UK man has been banned from driving for three years after being caught drunk behind the wheel of...a toy pink Barbie car. Paul Hutton, 40, a former RAF aeronautical engineer, had been tinkering with the battery powered toy car, which he found dumped in another suburb...


Queensland Drink-drivers to pay for Alcohol Interlocks
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Queensland Drink-drivers to pay for Alcohol Interlocks

Repeat drink-drivers, drivers who refuse to be tested or first time offenders caught with a reading above 0.15 will soon have to pay for alcohol interlocks to be installed in their cars under new rules passed by Queensland Parliament today. The system which has been in use in  many countries for many years will not allow a vehicle to start if the driver fails a breath test...


P-plate driver records BAC reading 19 times legal limit
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P-plate driver records BAC reading 19 times legal limit

21 year old Canberra P-plate driver Joanne Gross has recorded one of Australia's highest ever blood-alocohol readings - a staggering 0.385 per cent. The result, 19 times the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit for a P-plate driver in the ACT, followed a road side breath test where police say Ms Grosse was so drunk that she could barely speak...