The Australian legal authorities are taking suitable remedial measures in order to keep and contain the extent of drinking and driving cases. A lot of people are more than happy to take on the wheels even when they are not capable of driving because of various kinds of impairments induced by alcohol.
Driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous not just to the driver and the occupants of the vehicle but also to the others on the road. It can lead to extensive damage of property too. For the time being, we will focus on the alcohol interlock program introduced into the country by September 2008.
Usually, drivers who are convicted of drinking and driving cases will lose their ability to drive because the legal authorities will disqualify them from doing so. This measure was introduced within Australia because serious drinking and driving offense cases began to be submitted in the local, district and even Supreme Courts. Thanks to the alcohol interlock program, these convicted people can continue to drive after a brief period of temporary disqualification. It is important to bear in mind that this disqualification period is primarily determined by the seriousness of the charges.
Let us look into the functioning of the alcohol interlock device. In the simplest terms, the device is connected to the ignition of the vehicle. When the driver attempts to start the vehicle, he or she might have to take a momentary breath analysis. Only upon successfully completing this exercise, the driver will be able to start and drive off with the vehicle.
As usual, many offenders began to misuse this system. Hence, the devices that are being given today will ask for breath analysis at random intervals. The driver will have to provide the device with a sample of the breath and only then, they will be able to operate the vehicle in a seamless manner.
It is understandable that the entire activity causes discomfort to a large number of convicted drivers. However, one should understand the benefits of the system. Through the careful deployment of the device, it is possible to keep the drunk drivers off the streets. There are no viable ways to de-program the device too. By now, you might be wondering who called are eligible for applying to the alcohol interlock program. Drivers who were convicted of low range, mid-range and high range PCA offenses can apply for the same program. Certain others refrain from taking breath analysis tests.
If convicted, they too can enroll into the same program. Installation of the device in any vehicle will set you back by $150. You will also have to pay at least $50 to uninstall the same device from the vehicle. It is important to bear in mind that the same device is only available on rental basis. As of now, the legal authorities are charging $125 for owning and operating the device.
If you are charged with drink driving offences and you have a previous proven offences, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance.
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.