Drink Driving and Drug Driving

It is well known and accepted that the consumption of alcohol and drugs adversely impacts on a person’s vision, coordination and reflexes.  When that occurs in conjunction with the operation of a motor vehicle, the chances of a serious crash increases considerably, placing the driver, their passengers and other road users in significant danger.  Governments in all states have specific legislation in place governing driving and road use, and in particular the use of motor vehicles when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  

Motorists are used to road safety and enforcement initiatives such as random breath testing where drivers are tested on masse at different locations.  Just like random breath testing, Queensland police have powers to undertake random roadside saliva tests to detect the presence of illegal drugs.  The tests can be carried out at random or targeted test sites.  

The laws relating to drink driving and drug driving in Queensland are contained in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995 as amended.  

In relation to drink driving, alcohol limits vary according to the type and/or class of licence held by a driver.  Some people such as P plate drivers for example have a zero alcohol limit.  The Queensland government provides a range of information relating to drink driving and the associated laws.  Follow the below link for all the related information.  

CLO Lawyers have staff specifically trained and experienced to represent clients charged with drink driving or drug driving offences.  In addition to financial or custodial penalties that may apply, there are also considerations relating to your employment and the impact losing your licence will have on your current or future job prospects.   Contact CLO Lawyers for a comprehensive discussion on the laws relating to drink driving and drug driving in addition to your own specific circumstances.