Police are enforcing new tougher drink driving laws introduced to reduce alcohol-related crashes.
Police are enforcing new tougher drink driving laws introduced to reduce alcohol-related crashes.

New laws for DD

IF you are double the legal limit, expect to have your licence suspended immediately.

New legislation will allow police to immediately suspend the driver’s licence of those caught with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10% or higher.

Before the new legislation, drivers in the mid-range only lost their licence for 24 hours but they are now considered just as serious as those in the category of 0.15% or higher.

Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said to date no one had been caught in the Central Highlands region in the mid-range but police would be enforcing the new laws.

“We are in support of the new legislation and hopefully this will reduce drink driving numbers,” he said.

“Don’t take the risk, take care and ensure you don’t drink drive.”

Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the tough new laws were designed to cut down on the high number of drink driving-related crashes on Queensland roads each year.

“In 2010, 50 people were killed as a result of crashes involving drink drivers,” she said.

“This represents 20.1% of all road fatalities in Queensland for that period.

“Lowering the threshold for immediate suspension will protect the public by not allowing offenders who pose a risk, to drive legally ahead of their court date.

“Holding a driver’s licence is a privilege and we have introduced these laws to keep drink drivers off our roads.”


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