From 1 July 2011, the State Government has introduced legislation that means that there is a new category of drink driving in Queensland. This now means there is a mid-range drink driving category and is for part of what was previously the low range drink driving. The new offences catches a person with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of between 0.1 and below 0.15.
The impact of the new legislation means that the police now can immediately suspend the licences of anyone with such a reading. Before that time, only people with readings of 0.15 and above were automatically and immediately disqualified until their matter was heard in court. Before the 1st of July, if your BAC reading was below 0.15 then you only received a 24 hour suspension and could keep driving until the offence was finalised in court.
Anything over .15 is considered a high range drink driving charge and still carries an immediate suspension of a person’s driver’s licence.
The new laws puts the mid range drink driving levels in line with the levels considered in the high range category.
The drink-driving laws have been further toughened following feedback on the drink-driving discussion paper last year. The government has said that holding a driver license is a privilege and they introduced these laws to keep drink drivers off our roads.
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