EVERY future drink driver in Victoria will be required to have an interlock device fitted, as part of tough new laws to be introduced by the state government in the coming weeks.
Anyone caught driving with a blood-alcohol reading greater than 0.05 will have to pay to have the devices fitted, with the length of time dependent on the severity of the offence.
At the moment, only repeat offenders, and P and L-plate offenders are required to have the devices installed, with other instances at the discretion of the magistrate.
Minister for roads and road safety Luke Donnellan said the new measures would stop drivers from simply forgetting about their offending after paying the fine.
“Too many drivers pay the fine and forget about the potential consequences of drink-driving. The families and friends of victims don’t have that luxury,” he said.
“Disturbingly, around 20 per cent of drink drivers are repeat offenders.
“Fines and demerit points alone aren’t working – more is needed to help reduce the number of Victorians who lose their lives or are seriously injured on our roads every year because of drink driving.”
Repeat drink drivers make up to 20 per cent of drink drivers caught by police, and 30 per cent of drivers involved in fatal crashes.
The laws were last updated in 2014 to include anyone who had their licence cancelled because of their offence.
Drivers must pay to have the devices installed, with concessions available.
They must also pay $40.80 to cover the government cost of managing the program.
Three companies – Drager Safety Pacific, Guardian Interlock Systems and Smart Start – supply the devices in Victoria.
On its website, Smart Start states the cost can be up to $2000 for the duration of the program, which can be up to two years.
Anyone driving a commercial vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading greater than 0.00 will also receive a mandatory interlock device.