Immediate Licence Suspension For Low-Range Drink Drivers

Drink driving crackdown flagged

Immediate Licence Suspension For Low-Range Drink Drivers

Good morning Melbourne. 

Showers early this morning easing throughout the day, tops of 16. 

No mercy for first-time low-range drink drivers under new reforms flagged by Spring Street.

Anyone caught with a blood alcohol reading between 0.05 and 0.07 will immediately lose their licence for three months and have to cough up cash for a costly six-month alcohol interlock on their car.

The system, which requires a driver to pass a blood alcohol test before the engine will start, would cost around $180 to install, $150 a month to maintain and $100 to remove.

Aside from the minimum $1180 cost, offenders would also need to undergo a behavioural change program.

It's a dramatic toughening of the current laws which see a first-time offender slugged with a fine and 10 demerit points.

The bill will come into effect early next year if it's passed.

Police are investigating a shooting overnight after finding a man with gunshot wounds in Preston early this morning.

Emergency services were called to an address on Cygna Street at around 12:45am where they located the 31-year-old.

It's understood the victim was involved in an altercation with a group of men at another location.

He has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening arm and leg injuries and police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.

A man who was riding a mobility scooter has died at Langwarrin overnight after being hit by a car on McClelland Drive and propelled 20 metres on impact.

Paramedics tried to save the 47-year-old, who passed away at the scene at around 9pm.

A 62-year-old man who was driving the car stopped to help and was uninjured.

No charges have been laid.

Cassie Sainsbury's second plea deal has been approved by a Colombian judge.

The Australian woman struck a six year deal with prosecutors after her first one sensationally fell through when she told the court she had been forced to smuggle 5.8 kilograms of cocaine through Bogota Airport.

She was initially facing 30 years behind bars however with time already served and good behaviour she could be released by 2019.

More on that one here.