Police To Issue On-The-Spot Fines And Suspensions For Low-Range Drink Driving

More changes introduced by the govt.

Police To Issue On-The-Spot Fines And Suspensions For Low-Range Drink Driving 7 News

The NSW State Government has implemented new road safety rules in order to combat drink driving and the use of mobile phones.

If you're caught with low-range drink driving, the police will suspend your licence on the spot.

You'll also be fined, but there will be no need to face a magistrate.

There will also be tougher penalties in place for drink and drug driving.

The use of an interlock program will be implemented for all mid-range drink driving offences.

This means that a breath testing device is fitted to the car's ignition system, and the car will only start if a negative sample is provided.

There will also be a penalty increase for those caught driving under the influence of drugs, with this set to align with the highest penalties for drink driving.

This will be complemented by an increase in the number of roadside drug tests to 200,000 per year by the end of 2020.

The use of mobile phones while driving has also come under scrutiny, with legislation to be amended to allow camera technology to be used to enforce driver distraction (mobile phone) offences.

"We need to make sure that personal responsibility is always at the forefront of people's minds when they get behind the wheel," NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

"From today mid-range drink driving offenders will have to fit their car with an interlock device. It is not acceptable to get in your car and drive while under the influence.

"It is not acceptable to drink too much and get behind the wheel."