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The silly season is upon us! So what's the real cost of drink driving?

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It's a Friday night and one after-work drink has turned into several. You drove into work that day and really would prefer to wake up tomorrow with your car in your drive way.  You know it's against the law to drink drive but you've spent most of your money on the drinks at the pub and would prefer not to spend even more money on a taxi.

Do not risk it!

Alcohol causes more road crashes than any other single factor in Australia. We all know that alcohol slows our brain functions and our reaction times. Between 2014 and 2018, 36% of drivers and motorcycle riders killed were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Not only is drink driving a risk to you but it is to all other road users and the community as a whole.

What happens if you cause an accident while drink driving?

If you were involved in a fatal car accident while drink driving, you would be facing very serious criminal charges and likely sent straight to gaol after being sentenced to an immediate custodial sentence.

Police will be ramping up their breath testing stations and will likely have major blitz' as Christmas and New Years Eve approach. This, combined with the fact that all police vehicles can now conduct breath and drug tests, increases the likelihood that you will get caught if you choose to break the law.

Leading up to Christmas the last thing you want to be doing is forking out money for expensive court fines and fees. 

What you could be charged with if caught drink driving?

  • A criminal conviction.
  • The mandatory loss of your licence.
  • A fine for exceeding the prescribed concentration of alcohol (being between $900 to $2,900 depending on the circumstances of the offending).
  • Court fees.
  • Victims of crime levy. 
  • Prosecution fees.
  • Impounding fees.
  • Demerit points.

Suddenly the $40 cab fee is looking far more appealing when you could potentially have to pay thousands of dollars, have the inconvenience of having your licence disqualified and live with the consequences of seriously injuring or killing someone in the event of an accident.

Be safe this Christmas and New Years Eve, Do not drink and drive.

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Get in touch with today's blog writer:
Nestoras Alexandropoulos

Associate in Criminal and Police Matters  and  Family Law

Please note, this Blog is posted in Adelaide, South Australia by Andersons Solicitors. It relates to South Australian legislation. Andersons Solicitors is a medium sized law firm servicing metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia across all areas of law for individuals and businesses.

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