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High-Range Drink Driving

High-Range Drink Driving

An individual has committed the offence of high-range drink driving when they drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 or above.



Maximum Fine

Maximum Imprisonment

Automatic Disqualification

Minimum Disqualification

Mandatory Interlock

First Offence


18 months

9 months

6 months

2 years

Second Offence


2 years

12 months

9 months

4 years


Interlock Order

If you are convicted of high-range drink driving a mandatory interlock order will apply. The interlock program requires an alcohol interlock device to be installed in your car following the minimum disqualification period.

The interlock device and program requires you to do the following:

  • Blow into the device to start your car;
  • Blow into the device at random times when prompted by the device;
  • Drive no other car during the program.

If you receive an interlock order and do not install an interlock device, you will be disqualified from holding a licence for a period of 5 years.

In some limited circumstances exemption orders are available however the exception order must be made by the Magistrate at the time of determining the matter. We recommend you contact our office to discuss whether you are eligible for an exemption order.

The Court Process

High range drink driving is a very serious criminal offence and it is not uncommon for a form of custodial sentence to be imposed. If you have been charged with high-range drink driving it is important to take the matter seriously and take all necessary steps to best present your case. It is in your best interests to speak to an experienced solicitor about the matter before attending Court.

We recommend contacting our office to discuss your options with one of our team who are experienced dealing with traffic and criminal matters.




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