All drink driving offenders can now immediately lose their licence under new laws.
From May 20 drink drivers who are first-time, lower range offenders will receive an immediate three-month licence suspension and a fine of $561, Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance announced today.
"This means anyone caught drinkdriving in NSW, at any level, including low-range, can now lose their licence immediately," he said.
"This reform makes it clear if you break the law, you will pay the price.
"We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug driving."
Offenders who drive with the presence of illicit drugs for the first time will also receive a $561 fine and a three month licence suspension if the offence is confirmed by laboratory analysis.
Alcohol-related crashes claimed the lives of at least 68 people on NSW roads last year, accounting for nearly one in five road deaths, including 55 lives lost on country roads.
"Drivers who have an illegal level of alcohol in their blood or have used illegal drugs have no place on the road," Mr Constance said.
Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corboy said this reform will protect all road users by ensuring swift and certain penalties.
"Alcohol is one of the major factors in crashes that kill or injure people on NSW roads," he said.
"The 0.05 blood alcohol limit has been in place for almost 38 years.
"There are no more excuses."
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