Drink driving remains a significant factor in fatalities and serious injuries on South Australian roads. The mandatory scheme is one of a number of measures aimed at drink drivers. Other initiatives that have been introduced to deter drink driving behaviour, are:
Crash data shows the percentage of drivers and riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit has increased over the last decade.
What is the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Scheme?
The Alcohol Interlock Scheme is mandatory for drivers disqualified from driving following a serious drink driving offence.
The driver must re-apply for a licence and fit an alcohol interlock breath-testing device to their vehicle before they can resume driving.
An alcohol interlock is a small breath-testing device, about the size of an electric shaver, which is fitted to the ignition of a vehicle. It measures the level of alcohol in your breath after you blow into it allowing you to drive legally but preventing you from driving if alcohol is detected.
The driver is responsible for all costs associated with the installation, rental, servicing and removal of the alcohol interlock device.
A serious drink driving offence is defined as:
The Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Scheme brochure contains more information.
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A new safety campaign has launched to send a powerful reminder to drivers to slow down and play their part in keeping our road crews safe.
Safety will be improved for road users at the Princes Highway staggered T junction with Clay Wells Road, with works commencing Tuesday, 28 February 2017.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will be undertaking asphalt resurfacing works on Grand Junction Road near Dunstan Road, Wingfield to improve ride quality for all road users.