In New South Wales, it is illegal to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) depend on the specific circumstances of the case and the offender’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level.
If a person is caught driving with a BAC level between 0.05 and 0.08, they will face a fine and may have their license suspended for a period of three months. If the person is a repeat offender or their BAC level is higher than 0.08, they may face more severe penalties, including a longer license suspension, a prison sentence, and an interlock device on their car, which prevents the car from starting if the driver has been drinking.
If a person is caught driving under the influence of drugs, the penalties can be even more severe. A person caught driving under the influence of drugs may face fines, license suspensions, and a prison sentence. It also possible to be charged with drug possession and drug trafficking, if evidence is found during arrest.
Additionally, all convictions for DUI in New South Wales will result in the addition of demerit points to the offender’s driver’s license, which can lead to additional license suspensions and fines.
It is important to note that the penalties for DUI are severe and can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including loss of employment, financial hardship, and damage to personal relationships. It’s always best to avoid driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to find a safe way to get home if you’ve been drinking or using drugs.