GC Traffic Lawyers are experts in traffic law and know the QLD drink driving laws inside out. If you have been charged with drink driving, call GC Traffic Lawyers now on 07 5528 6665 to discuss what options are available to you. Drink driving is a serious offence with serious implications, so its important that you appoint a solicitor with the right experience to deal with your case. There are many law firms which deal with a variety of aspects of law, however it makes sense to appoint a solicitor that specialises in traffic law if you have committed a drink driving offence.

Drink Driving Laws

Generally speaking, the higher the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) reading, the more significant the punishment will be. BAC is a measure of alcohol in your body, expressed as grams of alcohol per 100mls of blood. For a BACof 0.05, every 100mls of your blood contains 0.05 grams of alcohol.

See below table outlining BAC limits:

Licence class or age

Legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

Holder of a learner, P1/P2 provisional or probationary licence (regardless of age).

0.00
(no alcohol limit)

Holder of an open licence.
(However, if you obtain your class RE motorcycle licence, you must ride with a zero BAC in your first year of riding, regardless of your age or the class of vehicle licence you hold).

Below 0.05
(general alcohol limit)

Holder of a licence when driving, or in charge of, a truck (GVM over 4.5t), bus (built or fitted to carry more than 12 adults, including the driver), articulated motor vehicle, B-double, road train, vehicle carrying dangerous goods, taxi, limousine, tow truck, pilot vehicle, and public passenger vehicle or a vehicle while it is being used by a driver trainer to give driver training (or any driver supervising a learner driver).

0.00
(no alcohol limit)

If you are caught drink driving you will receive a fine and disqualification from driving. The severity of these will depend on how high your BAC and whether you have committed a previous offence. For multiple offences, jail time is a possibility. The below table shows possible penalties for first time offenders:

Over the “no alcohol limit”
  • Maximum fine $1,400 and/or 3 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 3 months with a maximum of 9 months
Over “general alcohol limit” (.05% – .099%)
  • Maximum fine $1,400 and/or 3 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 1 month with maximum of 9 months
Over “middle alcohol limit” (.1%-.149)
  • Maximum fine $1,400 and/or 3 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 3 months with maximum of 12 months
Over “high limit” (over .15%)
  • Maximum fine $2,100 and/or 9 months’ imprisonment; AND
  • Mandatory disqualification of 6 months with a maximum of an absolute  disqualification

If you are facing losing your licence due to a drink driving offence, call GC Traffic Lawyers now on 07 5528 6665. We may be able to get you a Work Licence which will keep you on the road under certain circumstances. This could be the difference between losing your job or not. Call GC Traffic Lawyers for a free and discreet first consultation. We also offer a Money Back Guarantee on our service.