Survival Strategies for when you’ve been caught Drink Driving

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Survival Strategies for when you’ve been caught Drink Driving

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Although most drivers are aware that that there may be dire consequences to making the decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, many have a skewed perception of what how much alcohol is safe to drink before driving. Because alcohol affects our perceptions upon immediate consumption and also modifies the sensory awareness of individuals in different ways, there is no cut-and-dried “safe” amount. Smart drivers err on the side of caution and refrain from drinking at all before getting behind the wheel of a car.

Because police have authorisation to pull over any vehicle at any time for Random Breath Test, you don’t have to be visibly careening down the road to risk being arrested and charged with this crime. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for Australian drivers is less than .05 percent. Those who hold a probationary licence, otherwise known as P-plates, or a learner’s permit are required by law to have a zero BAC.

Nobody plans to end their day with a trip to the local police station, but if you happen to get caught for driving under the influence, there are several things that you can do to assist that will hopefully lessen the impact on your life.

Consider attending the Traffic Offender Intervention Program (TOIP)

Attending TOIP and completing all associated assignments in a timely fashion may reduce your penalty and get you back on the road faster. Disqualification is automatic in the case of P-plate drivers, so it will definitely be in your own best interests to ask the Magistrate to refer you to an appropriate program and adjourn your case until its completion.

Remember that it is wise to seek legal counsel advice as soon as possible after being charged with drink driving or any other major traffic offence. Your lawyer will be able to assist you in navigating through the legal system and help you decide on effective ways to minimise the consequences of the charge.

How the Interlock Program Can Benefit You

The purpose of an alcohol ignition interlock is to prevent the vehicle from being started and driven if the driver has been drinking alcohol. Because some drivers may be disqualified from getting behind the wheel for a specific period of time after conviction of driving while intoxicated, the interlock program can be highly beneficial to those who rely heavily on their own car for transport to work and other essential destinations. Participation in the interlock program may also result in a decreased disqualification period.

Those with a valid health care card from the Australian government may be able to receive discounts on some of the costs associated with renting the interlock device.

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