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What Is Drink Driving?
Drink driving refers to the operation a motor vehicle whilst being over the prescribed amount of Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). In Victoria the prescribed BAC amounts are .00 for professional drivers (taxi, bus, truck drivers etc) and those on ‘P plates’, and .05 for fully licence drivers.
Drink driving laws apply not only on public roads, but on private property as well.
From 30 April 2018, tougher laws have been introduced in Victoria for drivers caught driving whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They mean that any fully licenced driver who returns a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .05 or higher will have their licence cancelled.
Same applies for professional or probationary drivers who return a BAC greater than 0.00.
Additionally, persons found guilty of drink driving will face a fine and be required to complete a compulsory drink-driving ‘Behaviour Change Program’ before being eligible to be relicensed.
Finally, an alcohol interlock device must be installed to the driver’s vehicle upon being relicensed.
If you believe you may have a defence to a drink driving charge, call us for a free case assessment.
If you believe you may have a defence to a drink driving charge, call me for a free case assessment.
Work Only License
Contrary to the popular myth, there is no such thing in Victoria as a ‘work only’ licence. Anyone found guilty of drink driving will have their licence cancelled.
What Is The Difference Between A Suspended And A Cancelled License?
Suspended License – The Court will specify an amount of time for which you cannot drive. Once this time has elapsed, your licence becomes valid again.
Cancelled License – The Court will specify an amount of time for which you cannot drive. Once this time has elapsed, and any required conditions have been met, you must reapply for your licence through VicRoads.