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09 September 2021
Drink Driving Penalties in Queensland Increase
On 10 September 2021 amendments to drink driving legislation relating to interlock orders and driver education programs will commence in Queensland. These changes allow interlock orders to now apply to more drink driving offences than ever before. Mandatory interlock orders, which require an interlock device to be fitted to a vehicle, will apply from 10 September 2021, when a person is convicted for any drink driving offence with a BAC of 0.10 or greater. Interlock orders previously only applied to offences with a BAC of 0.15 or more. What is an interlock device? An interlock device is a breath testing instrument which is connected to the electrical system of a motor vehicle and prevents the engine being started unless the driver passes a breath test. If a court order makes it a requirement that an interlock device be installed, the device must be installed by an approved installer at the driver’s expense. Education programs for drink drivers From 10 September 2021 conviction for any offence which attracts a mandatory interlock order renders the driver ineligible to obtain a licence for 5 years from the date of their conviction unless they have completed an approved drink driver education program. Can I obtain an exemption from completing drink driver education programs? Exemptions from completing the required drink driver education programs are available. Applicants must show that requiring them to do the program would be unreasonable or cause severe hardship. However, applications for exemption cannot be made until the end of the applicable licence disqualification period. Why it's important to get advice Losing your licence due to a driving offence can cause you serious financial hardship or even loss of your employment. We can assist by ensuring the Court has all of the relevant information and is aware of your particular circumstances. This can result in you having a lesser penalty imposed. Contact our experienced lawyers on (07) 4963 2000 or via the contact form below to ensure you get the best possible outcome.