Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How the Drink-Drive Laws Compare

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

How the Drink-Drive Laws Compare

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0.05% and 0.149%: First offence from about $200 plus a one to nine-month disq (including work licences); further offences up to $6000 plus three to 18 month disq.

0.15% or higher: First offence $1000 to $3000 plus minimum six months disq; second offence minimum 12 months disq; third offence in five years results in a mandatory jail sentence but the term does not have to be served. Maximum 18 months in jail.

* There are now cumulative disqualification periods for people caught drink-driving and driving disqualified. Magistrates can also reduce penalties for Sunshine Coast drink-drivers who attend an attitudinal driving workshop and send them to an under the limit drink-driving program.


0.05% and less than 0.07%: First offence $350 fine plus a discretionary disq up to six months; further offences maximum $6000 plus 12 month disq.

0.07% and 0.15%: First offence $350 to $490 fine plus six to 14-month disq; further offences maximum $6000 or six-month imprisonment plus 14 to 28-month disq.

More than 0.15%: First offence up to $2920 fine plus minimum 15 months disq; further offences maximum $18,000 fine or up to 18 months jail plus minimum 30 months disq.

* Mandatory alcohol interlock, installed at driver's expense, for drivers with two or more drink-driving offences, drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15% or higher, and people who fail to provide a breath or blood sample. These drivers must have a zero blood alcohol for up to three years.


0.05% and less than 0.079%: First offence up to $700 fine but no disqualification; further offences fine up to $700 three to 12 month disqualification.

0.08 and 0.149 First offence $500 to $900 fine plus minimum six-month disq; further offences $700 to $1800 fine plus one to two years disq. …

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