Alcohol impairs one’s ability to control a vehicle and research suggests that at a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%, the risk of being involved in a traffic crash is double that of a person who has not been drinking at all.
Any alcohol at all will affect your ability to drive. In Western Australia, it is an offence to drive while your BAC is 0.05 or above.
If you are a novice driver (a person that has not held a driver’s licence for two years); or have been recently disqualified; or are a holder of an Extraordinary Licence; or are a driver of a taxi; bus; small charter vehicle; vehicle carrying dangerous goods; or a vehicle over 22.5t, the legal limit is zero.
Your BAC should remain below 0.05 if you:
- drink no more than two standard drinks in the first hour and one per hour thereafter (for men of average size); or
- drink no more than one standard drink per hour (for women of average size).
However, it can vary significantly from person to person.
DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED BY DRUGS
If you are found to have an illicit drug in your system at the time of driving, you are committing an offence no matter how much of the drug is recorded. Driving while impaired by drugs will result in the driver being disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence for a period of not less than 10 months in addition to the imposition of a fine up to $2,500.
Second and subsequent drug driving offences will attract more severe penalties. A second offence will attract a disqualification period of not less than 30 months in addition to the imposition of a fine up to $3,500 or to imprisonment for nine months. A third or subsequent offence will result in the driver being permanently disqualified from holding or obtaining a driver’s licence in addition to the imposition of a fine up to $5,000 or to imprisonment for 18 months.
If you or someone you know is facing any kind of impaired driving charge, contact Lawson Legal for a free consultation.