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Drink and drug driving reforms

20 May 2019

From 20 May 2019, if you commit a first-time, lower range drink driving offence, you’ll get a $561 on-the-spot fine and have your licence immediately suspended for three months.

If you commit a first-time driving with the presence of an illicit drug offence, you’ll be fined $561 and have your licence suspended for three months.



Licence suspension

Lower range drink driving

$561 on-the-spot

Immediate, for 3 months

Driving with the presence of an illicit drug confirmed through drug testing


3 months

The change is part of a number of reforms in the Road Safety Plan 2021 to reduce alcohol and drug-related trauma on NSW roads.

For more information about the reforms, visit Roads and Maritime Services.