This is a PSA, gents, nothing more and nothing less. We’ve been fans of the Nico Rosberg campaign with Heineken these past 12 months that advocates that even just one drink is too many when getting behind the wheel of a car. You can check out the clip at the bottom of this article.
In light of that, we decided it necessary to inform you that it was announced today that anyone in NSW caught over the legal limit (0.05), even low-range drink-drivers, will soon lose their licence on the spot. The strict new penalties, set to come into force on May 20th, will also include a hefty $561 fine.
NSW Roads Minister Andrew Constance, who is spearheading the campaign, said in a statement today that “this reform makes it clear if you break the law, you will pay the price. We are taking a zero-tolerance approach to drink and drug driving.”
Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corboy echoed his sentiments. “The 0.05 blood alcohol limit has been in place for almost 38 years. There are no more excuses.”
Drivers under the influence of drugs will face the same penalties, provided the results are verified by a laboratory.
In NSW, the legal blood alcohol limit for fully-licenced drivers will remain at 0.05. For those driving public passenger vehicles, including buses and taxis, the limit is 0.02, which is the same for coach and heavy vehicle drivers, and those driving dangerous goods.
Learner and P Plater drivers must have a BAC of zero.
The Daily Telegraph reports that about 68 people died in alcohol-related crashes on NSW roads last year. Drug-driving resulted in a similar number of deaths, the source claims.
Watch the Nico campaign below.