Queensland’s high range drink driving law prohibits driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or higher. If you are a learner, provisional, or professional driver with a zero BAC requirement, it is illegal to drive with a BAC above 0.05.
You may be subject to the following penalties for high range drink driving depending on your previous offenses, your traffic history, and whether or not you caused any harm or damage to anyone else.
- A fine of up to $4,334 or imprisonment of up to nine months for a first offence
- A fine of up to $8,668 or imprisonment of up to 18 months for a second or subsequent offence
- Licence disqualification for at least six months for a first offence
- Licence disqualification for at least 12 months for a second or subsequent offence
- A requirement to complete a driver education program
- A requirement to install an alcohol interlock device
- Vehicle impoundment or forfeiture
When you are charged with high range drink driving, the court will immediately suspend your license until the charge is resolved3. You will also have to appear in court to face a magistrate who will determine how long and severe your punishment will be.
A high range drink driving charge is a complex and serious matter that can have substantial effects on your life and livelihood. If you have been charged with high-range drink driving or if you intend to challenge the charge, you should seek legal advice.