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If you are convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level that is over the limit for your licence, you could lose your driver's licence. You may also If you are convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level that is over the limit for your licence, you could lose your driver's licence. You may also

  • A. Be sent to prison.

  • B. Be restricted to driving an automatic vehicle.

  • C. Have a personal speed limit imposed on you.

  •  
    The correct answer is A
     
    Correct. You may be sent to prison for driving with excess blood alcohol.
     
 
 
 

Penalties for drink driving in New South Wales

OffenceMaximum fineMaximum jailAutomatic disqualification Minimum disqualification
Drink driving penalties in NSW
– First Major offence* within 5 years
Novice range PCA
0.01 – 0.019
$1,100 Nil 6 months 3 months
Special range PCA
0.02 – 0.049
$1,100 Nil 6 months 3 months
Low range PCA
0.05 - 0.079
$1,100 Nil 6 months 3 months
Mid range PCA
0.08 - 0.149
$2,200 9 months 12 months 6 months
High range PCA
over 0.150
$3,300 18 months 3 years 12 months
Driving under the influence (DUI) $2,200 9 months 12 months 6 months
Refuse breath analysis $3,300 18 months 3 years 12 months
Wilfully alter blood concentration $3,300 18 months 3 years 12 months
Refuse breath test $1,100 Nil 6 months Nil
Drink driving penalties in NSW
– Second or subsequent major offence within 5 years
Novice range PCA (0.00 – 0.019) 2200 Nil 12 months 6 months
Special range PCA ( 0.02 – 0.049 ) 2200 Nil 12 months 6 months
Low range PCA ( 0.05 - 0.079 ) 2200 Nil 12 months 6 months
Mid range PCA ( 0.08 - 0.149 ) 3300 12 months 3 years 12 months
High range PCA ( over 0.150 ) 5500 2 years 5 years 2 years
Driving under the influence (DUI) 3300 12 months 3 years 12 months
Refuse breath analysis 5500 2 years 5 years 2 years
Wilfully alter blood concentration 5500 2 years 5 years 2 years
Refuse breath test 1100 Nil  

If you are caught drink driving then you do have some rights. Legal Aid NSW explains some of your options.

Drink driving offences are among the most common offences dealt with by local courts in New South Wales.

The blood alcohol content is measured in terms of a low, medium or high range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol (PCA). 

If you cause a death due to driving with excess blood alcohol, historically 84% of drivers receive a jail term.