14 May 2015
Do you want to expand the range of alcohol offences that require an alcohol interlock device to be fitted to a driver’s vehicle?
That is one of the questions being asked in the state government’s Community Attitudes Survey.
Drink driving remains a significant factor in fatalities and serious injuries on South Australian roads. In 2014, 22 per cent of driver and rider fatalities tested had an illegal blood alcohol concentration. The majority of these fatalities were between three to four times over the legal limit of 0.05.
The survey provides an opportunity to tell the government if you think penalties for drink driving offences should be expanded.
The Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Scheme began in South Australia in May 2009. It requires drivers and motorcyclists who commit a serious drink driving offence to have an alcohol interlock fitted to their vehicle or motorcycle for a period of time at the end of their licence disqualification. The period is equal to the length of the disqualification, to a maximum of three years.
In South Australia, a serious drink driving offence is defined as:
The survey asks if an interlock should be used when someone registers 0.08 for a first offence.
Approximately 2700 serious drink driving offences are committed annually. At the end of April, 2203 participants were in the interlock scheme.
The survey is available online at the YourSay website until 5pm, Friday, 29 May.
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