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Development of a new drink and drug-driving package for Victoria

Freethy, C J, Wishart, S, Harris, A

Drink Driving Drug Driving

ARSC conference 2018

Alcohol interlocks were first introduced in Victoria in 2003, and drink-driving laws have been progressively strengthened since. Victoria also has long-standing mandatory alcohol and drug education and assessment requirements. In December 2017 legislation was passed that further extends these countermeasures. All Victorian drink-drivers at any illegal BAC reading will now have their driver licences cancelled, while first-time drug drivers face longer suspension periods. All impaired drivers must complete a new behaviour change program, and all drink-drivers will be required to use an alcohol interlock. This strong package of measures will assist in further reducing impaired driving in Victoria.