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A celebration of Origin: Alcohol Ignition Interlock in New South Wales and Queensland

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June 20, 2016

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This second article in our ‘State of Origin’ series will explain the way in which mandatory Alcohol Ignition Interlock (“Interlock”) requirements operate between New South Wales and Queensland. This topic will pose the question ‘If I travel interstate to watch the Origin, what happens to my Interlock requirement?’ Alcohol Ignition Interlock It is the law in New South Wales as well as in Queensland that a person whose driver licence is disqualified by a court for certain drink driving offences, must be subject to a mandatory Interlock requirement after they are […]


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ….

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October 1, 2015

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ….” Drink-drivers in Canberra and Queanbeyan (or any other NSW location for that matter) could be forgiven for thinking they were living in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Canberra’s drivers are simultaneously better off and worse off than their NSW counterparts under the ACT version of the Interlock scheme for drink-drivers, which was introduced in mid-2014. The Interlock device prevents a driver from starting his or her car until he or she has provided a clean breath […]


Interlock developments

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June 5, 2015

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Earlier this year amendments were made to the Road Transport Act 2013 that instituted mandatory interlock orders for a number of offences. Prior to the introduction of the new laws, the Court had a general discretion to order that a person could obtain their licence back early if they were willing to have an “interlock device” installed in their car. This would require them to be breath tested before starting the car and at random times whilst the car was being driven. The new laws which have effect for any offences […]


NSW Interlock Changes

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December 18, 2014

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More NSW drink-drivers are set to return to the road somewhat earlier – but only with the mandatory imposition of alcohol-ignition-interlock devices under a significant restructure approved by state Parliament. Both houses of parliament passed the Bill with bipartisan support in mid-2013 and the new scheme is to begin on February 1, less than two months before the next state election. Under the shake-up, a high-range (0.150 or more) drink-driving offence and repeat drink-driving offences at all levels will become “mandatory interlock offences”, meaning drivers will have to have an alcohol-ignition […]


Introduction of Interlock to the ACT

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August 5, 2014

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(Published The Canberra Times, Page 1 Times 2 section, July 28) By ANDREW FRASER The general look of devastation on an offender’s face at the removal of his licence to drive is often second only to that when one is sentenced to prison. In this town perhaps more than any other in the nation (save for the outback), enormous store is placed on the continuing ability to drive a motor vehicle. As judges and magistrates tell defendants every day, if it’s so important to have a licence, our drivers should be […]

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