New interlock rules slow drink-drivers
|01/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
One of the interlock devices which has now become mandatory for many NSW drink-drivers. DRINK-drivers in NSW are now facing a tougher regime with alcohol interlock devices becoming mandatory for many who regain their right to drive.
Regulations on interlock devices came into force on February 1.
All high range drink-drivers with a reading above 0.15 will be required to have an interlock fitted when they get their licences back.
All second or subsequent offenders convicted of novice, special, low or middle range drink-driving matters along with driving under the influence and refusing a breath test will also require an interlock.
The interlock system has been operating in Victoria for many years for drivers with a reading in excess of 0.15, repeat offenders and anyone aged under 26 who exceeds 0.07.
But the laws there have become much tougher with VicRoads supervising the installing of interlock devices for minor readings.
Drivers convicted of a reading over 0.10 must attend court in a bid to get their licence back and a magistrate orders the application of an interlock.
It is estimated at present about 5400 interlock devices are fitted to vehicles in Victoria each year.
That figure is expected to rise to 10,000 annually under the new guidelines which have come into force.
And it’s an expensive process.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay, said installing mandatory alcohol interlock devices was a step towards reducing drink driving and would further protect the lives of motorists.
“The program is about protecting innocent people who unfairly have their lives shattered by a drunken idiot,” he said.
“I will not stand for drink drivers who gamble with other people’s lives due to their stupid and irresponsible actions.”
Mr Gay said one in six offenders would commit another drink driving crime within five years and that was the group they were targeting.
The new legislation in NSW stipulates a court has two options if a drink driver comes within the designated categories.
There is a mandatory interlock order or an interlock exemption is given.
But there are limited grounds for an exemption with just two categories available.
One is an offender does not have access to a car to install an interlock device or the other is an offender has a diagnosed medical condition which prevents a breath sample to operate the interlock device.
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