Alcohol related Driving Offences
WHAT IS A PCA (DRINK DRIVING) OFFENCE?
A PCA offence (prescribed concentration of alcohol) is an offence relating to the prescribed concentration of grams of alcohol in 100ml of blood at the time you were driving/attempting to drive/occupying a driver's seat. This is often referred to as a DUI – although strictly speaking DUI is not quite the right terminology in Australia.
This offence is an extremely common offence and is a criminal offence and the courts are required to treat these types of offences seriously. The courts can impose a penalty of imprisonment for these types of offences.
If your licence is important to you, then you should retain a solicitor to assist you if you are charged with a drink driving offence.
As of 1 February 2015, anyone who is found guilty of committing a second or subsequent Low Range PCA offence or Mid Range PCA Offence OR a High Range PCA offence within five (5) years of the previous PCA offence, will be ordered to install an interlock device in their vehicle at the end of their licence disqualification period.
WHAT IS AN INTERLOCK DEVICE?
An interlock device is an Electronic Breath Testing Device linked to the vehicle’s ignition system. The device is designed to prevent you from driving unless you first blow into the device and prove you have a zero blood alcohol concentration.
If the device detects alcohol in the drivers breath, the vehicles ignition system will disable.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T INSTALL AN INTERLOCK DEVICE/ENROL IN THE INTERLOCK PROGRAM WHEN ORDERED BY A COURT TO DO SO?
If a Court makes a Mandatory Interlock Order against you and you do not enrol in the interlock program at the expiry of your disqualification period, then you will remain disqualified from holding a licence (other than an interlock licence) for a period of five (5) years.