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Major Changes in Road Traffic Laws

From 1 February 2015 there will be significant changes to how the Courts deal with some drink drivers and drivers who repeatedly breach their Demerit Point limit.

Offenders convicted of high range, repeat and other serious drink driving offences will be required to fit a mandatory interlock device to their vehicle. This is an electronic breath testing device fitted to a vehicle’s ignition system which requires drivers to provide a breath sample before the vehicle will start, as well as randomly timed breath tests during the course of the journey.

Unrestricted licence holders who breach their Demerit Points limit twice in 5 years must re-sit and pass the Driver Knowledge Test and will also be required to complete a driver education course.

Provisional licence holders who breach their Demerit Points limit twice must also re-sit and pass the Drivers Knowledge Test.

Details of these changes to the Law will be released later in the year.

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