Drink driving penalties and disqualification in NSW

In New South Wales, a conviction for the offence driving with a prescribed concentration of alcohol (ie drink driving) carries the following range of penalties:

NOVICE RANGE (0.00 – 0.019). First offence, $1,100 max fine, 3-6 months disqualification. Second offence within 5 years, $2,200 max fine, 6-12 months disqualification.

SPECIAL RANGE (0.02-0.049). First offence, $1,100 max fine, 3-6 months disqualification. Second offence within 5 years, $2,200 max fine, 6-12 months disqualification.

LOW RANGE (0.05-0.079). First offence, $1,100 max fine, 3-6 months disqualification. Second offence within 5 years, $2,200 max fine, 6-12 months disqualification.

MIDDLE RANGE (0.08-0.149). First offence, $2,200 max fine, 6-12 months disqualification, 9 months max imprisonment. Second offence within 5 years, $3,300 fine, 12 months-3 years disqualification, 12 months max imprisonment.

HIGH RANGE (0.15+). First offence, $3,300 fine, 12 months – 3 years disqualification, 18 months max imprisonment. Second offence within 5 years, $5,500 fine, 2-5 years disqualification, 2 years max imprisonment.

See Road Transport Act 2013 (NSW) penalty provisions (s110) and disqualification provisions (s205):  http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/rta2013187/

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