KIERAN ROONEY, Herald Sun - November 1, 2017
THOUSANDS of first-time drink-drivers will lose their licences and have interlock devices installed in their cars under new laws introduced by the Andrews Government.
Reforms cracking down on low-range drink-driving offences were introduced to parliament yesterday and are expected to come into effect early next year if passed.
Up to 3000 full licence-holders are caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol content between 0.05 and 0.07 each year, the lowest punishable level.
The changes will mean drink-drivers in this range, including first-time offenders, will have their licences cancelled immediately and they will be disqualified from driving for three months.
Every drink-driver in the state will also be required to have an interlock fitted to their car for at least six months and must complete a behavioural change program.
An alcohol interlock immobilises a car until a driver successfully passes a breathalyser test in the device.
They will cost drink-drivers about $180 to install, $150 per month to maintain and $100 to remove. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said low-level drink-driving was a serious danger.
“We make no apologies for toughening penalties for drink-drivers who continue to put the lives of Victorians at risk,” he said