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Drink driving discussion paper community feedback

Tragically, each year in Queensland, many lives are cut short or permanently changed by debilitating injuries as a result of drink drivers and riders. 

On average, 1 in 5 fatalities on Queensland roads involves a drink driver. Each fatality or serious injury has a devastating impact on all families involved and the community. Based on current trends, there could be more than 2,400 fatalities and serious injuries due to drink driving during the 5 years 2016–2020, with a projected cost of $2.7 billion.   

We know from annual surveys that Queenslanders believe that drink driving is socially unacceptable and in recent years the number of drink driving offences has shown some improvement.

However, there remains a group of high-risk drink drivers who continue to put themselves and others in danger. One in 4 drink driving offenders are repeat offenders and nearly half of drink drivers are caught driving over twice the legal limit.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is committed to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Queensland roads and has released a discussion paper inviting community comment on proposed initiatives to combat drink driving.  

The discussion paper has been developed following consultation with key stakeholders via the Safer Roads, Safer Queensland Forum. It has been informed by ongoing research into international best practice, and monitoring of emerging trends in approaches to drink driving policy.

We are seeking your views on how to reduce drink driving in Queensland. In particular, we’d like feedback about the following proposed countermeasures:

1) Enhance the current Alcohol Ignition Interlock Program by

a) increasing the interlock 'sit-out' period from the current 2 years to 5 years to motivate higher risk drink drivers to fit an interlock in their vehicle 

b) requiring the interlock driver to demonstrate that they have separated drinking from driving, before having the interlock condition removed from their licence (a 'performance based') program

c) expanding the range of drink driving offences that make a driver eligible for the interlock program to include the offence of exceeding the middle range alcohol limit—(0.10 to 0.149 blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC)

d) expanding the interlock program to include drink drivers holding a learner or provisional licence because, as inexperienced drivers, they already have a higher crash risk.

2) Introduce education programs for all drink driving offenders, including

a) an online brief intervention program designed to educate all first time drink driving offenders about their alcohol consumption and separating drinking from driving

b) an intensive face-to-face drink driving education program for repeat offenders. These offenders would be required to complete the program with a qualified professional as a relicensing requirement. 

3)  Limit access to restricted (work) licences, by

a) abolishing restricted licences so that all convicted drink drivers will need to serve their licence disqualification period and cannot drive even if required for work purposes (Queensland is one of the few Australian jurisdictions that has a work licence option) 

b) excluding middle range BAC offenders (0.10 to 0.149 BAC) from the work licence program. Note that high BAC offenders (0.15 BAC or higher) are already excluded from obtaining a restricted licence. 

Your feedback will help shape the future of drink driving policy in Queensland.

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