Drink driving is a serious offence and a major factor in road accidents and deaths so Queensland police are increasingly stepping up their efforts to catch drink drivers through the use of random breath testing. A random breath test is where a driver of a vehicle is stopped by police and asked to provide a sample of breath which is then analysed to determine the driver’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).
Random Breath Testing – What You Need to Know
- If you are directed to stop by police for a random breath test you must stop or you may receive a significant fine.
- You must provide the police with your name and address and also show your licence if requested. You can refuse to answer any other questions.
- You must provide a sample of breath to the police officer if requested. If you don’t, you may receive a licence suspension and significant fine as you will be assumed to be driving over the BAC limit
- If your reading is under the BAC limit, then you are free to drive. If it is over, and roughly between 0.05% and 0.10%, then your licence will be immediately suspended for 24 hours. If it is roughly over 0.10% then your licence will be suspended immediately until you appear in a Magistrates Court and your matter is finalised.
- If you are caught over the limit, you are able to dispute the result and plead not guilty in Court. If you are then found guilty, bear in mind your punishment is likely to be more severe.
If you fail a random breath test and are convicted of drink driving you will lose your licence and face a significant fine. There is, however, a possibility that you can keep driving under certain circumstances. A Work Licence is a special licence which enables you to drive to and from work provided you meet certain strict criteria. You get one chance at applying for a Work Licence, so this is where it becomes important to have a specialist traffic lawyer represent you in Court. GC Traffic Lawyers have submitted many Work Licence applications for clients over the years and have a 100% success rates in obtaining them. Call GC Traffic Lawyers now on 07 5528 6665 if you want to find out if you could stay on the road with a Work Licence.