In Joondalup, Western Australia, a 37-year old man was arrested for exceeding blood concentration limit. The man was arrested after a Woodvale car crash involving three other men. The man driving was tested for alcohol and returned a reading of 0.3, almost six times the legal limit of 0.05 in Western Australia. He was immediately arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He faced charges before the Joondalup Magistrates Court.
Western Australia punishes drink driving as one of the most serious traffic offences. Driving under the influence is associated to numerous road accidents, deaths and injuries. Penalties for drink driving will depend on the severity of the accident, death and injury to persons, if applicable, the breath test result as well as prior traffic offences committed by the defendant.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1974, driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 and more is punishable by disqualification from driving for a maximum of 10 months. He can also be fined for a maximum of $2500.
This is if the driver is a first time offender. Repeat offenders or those who are charged with subsequent drink driving within 5 years from first offence can be punished with a maximum fine of $5000, imprisonment up to 30 months to life (depending on the severity), or both. Repeat offences are punished more seriously than first time offending. In addition, he could be immediately suspended from driving upon being charged by the police. Duration of suspension, amount of find and length of imprisonment are to be decided by the Magistrates Court.
Disclaimer : This article is just a summary of the subject matter being discussed and should not be regarded as a comprehensive legal advice for you to defend yourself alone. If you are charged with criminal offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance from criminal lawyers.