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Communtity Law Manual | Driving & traffic law | Drink/drug driving offences and penalties

Drink/drug driving

Drink/drug driving offences and penalties

See the table opposite for a summary of drink/driving offences and penalties.

Land Transport (Offences and Penalties) Regulations 1999 (LTOPR); Land Transport Act 1998

Any of those offences can also result in your vehicle being confiscated by the courts if you were driving it at the time of the offence (see also “Losing your vehicle: Impounding and confiscation” in this chapter).

If you’re convicted of one of these offences, you’ll also have to pay a $50 offender levy. You’ll usually also have to pay court costs and blood analysis fees. You can also be ordered to pay reparation (compensation) to another person for the damage or harm you caused, including emotional harm.

Sentencing Act 2002, ss 105B, 105D; Costs in Criminal Cases Act 1967, s 4; Land Transport Act 1998, s 67; Sentencing Act 2002, s 14

Penalties are often more serious for repeat offenders (see above, “Repeated or serious drink/drug driving: Heavier penalties”).

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