DRINK DRIVING PENALTIES AND DISQUALIFICATION PERIODS

The table below shows the different maximum penalties and disqualification periods that apply for each drink driving charge. The mandatory interlock periods are referenced to the relevant charges.

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First offence within 5 years​​​​​
Offence Max. fine Max. gaol Min. disq. period Automatic disq. period Interlock period**
Novice range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months N/A
Special range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months N/A
Low range PCA $1,100 N/A 3 months 6 months N/A
Mid range PCA $2,200 9 months 6 months 12 months N/A
High range PCA* $3,300 18 months 6 months 9 months 2 years
Second alcohol-related major offence within 5 years #​​​
Offence Max. fine Max. gaol Min. disq. Max. disq. Interlock period**
Novice range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months 12 months
Special range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months 12 months
Low range PCA $2,200 N/A 1 month 3 months 12 months
Mid range PCA $3,300 12 months 6 months 9 months 2 years
High range PCA* $5,500 24 months 9 months 12 months 4 years

 

* If you refuse or fail to provide a breath analysis for testing it is considered equally serious to a high range PCA and the same disqualification and interlock periods apply.

** This is the minimum interlock period the court may impose – a longer period could be imposed.  If you choose not to do the interlock program for whatever reason, or if you do not complete it, then a five year disqualification period will apply, dating from the time of your conviction.

# An offence is a 2nd offence if you have been convicted for another ‘alcohol-related major offence’ within the previous 5 years. ‘Alcohol-related major offences’ include all PCA offences, DUI offences and some other alcohol related driving offences. So, if you are convicted for a low range PCA offence and then 3 years later a mid range PCA offence, you will face the penalties for a mid range PCA 2nd offence in the table.

 

 

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