What Are the Penalties for Drink Driving?

Drink driving is a common but serious offence.

If you are charged with a drink driving offence, you’ll need to go to court. These are some factors that the court will consider: How high was your reading? What is your traffic history like? What was your manner of driving?

Listed below are the penalty ranges for drink driving offences. Note: Previous offences attract significantly higher penalties.

Queensland

Offence Fine Imprisonment Minimum Disqualification
UIL (0.150 or more)      
First Offence $3,080.00 9 months 6 months
Second Offence $6,600.00 18 months 12 months
BAC      
0.100 – 0.149 $2,200.00 6 months 3 months
0.050 – 0.099 $1,540.00 3 months 1 month
0.000 – 0.049 $1,540.00 3 months 1 month
Drug Driving $1,540.00 3 months 1 month

New South Wales

Offence Fine Imprisonment Automatic Disqualification Minimum Disqualification
      Automatic Minimum
High Range (0.150 or more)                   
First Offence $3,300.00 18 months 3 years 12 months
Second or subsequent offences $5,500.00 2 years 5 years 2 years
Mid Range (0.080 – 0.149)        
First Offence $2,200.00 9 months 12 months 6 months
Second or subsequent offences $3,300.00 12 months 3 years 12 months
Low Range (0.050 – 0.079)        
First Offence $1,100.00 Nil 6 months 3 months
Second or subsequent offences $2,200.00 Nil 12 months 6 months
Special Range (0.020 – 0.049)        
First Offence $1,100.00 Nil 6 months 3 months
Second or subsequent offence $2,200.00 Nil 12 months 6 months
Novice Range (0.000 – 0.019)        
First Offence $1,100.00 Nil 6 months 3 months
Second or subsequent offence $2,200.00 Nil 12 months 6 months

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