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Low Range Drink Driving

Category 1 drink driving offense under the Road Traffic Act 1961 is having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) between 0.05 and below 0.08.

The same law provides that a person, while there is present in his or her blood the said BAC, must not:
a) drive a motor vehicle; or
b) attempt to put a motor vehicle in motion.

The penalties provided for category 1 drink driving offence are the following:

  • a fine of not less than $1000 and not more than $1600 or imprisonment for not more than 3 months;
  • disqualification from driving for not less than 3 months;

The law prescribes heavier penalties for subsequent offenders, higher fines and longer periods of disqualification and imprisonment. The disqualification penalty serves as a cancellation of the license from the commencement of the period of the disqualification. Hence, a person who commits a drink driving offense totally loses his license.

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