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New fact sheets on drink-driving reforms

New drink-driving and road safety campaigns launched this week will run through to the end of January.

The Government’s Drink driving ‘All good All bad’ campaign began on Sunday and will run until 31 January, while the Queensland Police Service is expected to launch its Christmas road safety campaign tomorrow.

To assist practitioners and the public, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has prepared new fact sheets which provide overviews of the changes and the impact of the reforms on drink-driving offenders that came into effect on 10 September:

Drink-Driving Reforms Fact Sheet

DDR work licences and interlocks Fact Sheet

The changes were directed towards enhancing and increasing active participation in the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program and included the introduction of education programs for drink-driving offenders.

As part of the reforms, the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program was expanded to include mid-range drink drivers – those with a blood/breath alcohol concentration between 0.10 and 0.149. This means, mid-range drink drivers who are granted a restricted (work) licence will be required to participate in the Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program from the time their work licence is issued.

In addition, the previous two-year ‘sit-out period’ for persons who chose not to fit an interlock to a vehicle has been increased to five years.

See the Queensland Government’s ‘Drink and drug driving’ webpage.

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