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Mid-Range Drink Driving

Mid-Range Drink Driving

An individual has committed the offence of mid-range drink driving when they drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration from 0.08 to 0.149.



Maximum Fine

Maximum Imprisonment

Automatic Disqualification

Minimum Disqualification

Mandatory Interlock

First Offence


9 months

6 months

3 months

12 months

Second Offence


12 months

9 months

6 months

2 years


Interlock Order

If you are convicted of mid-range drink driving a mandatory interlock order will apply. The interlock program requires an alcohol interlock device to be installed in your car following the minimum disqualification period.

The interlock device and program require you to do the following:

  • Blow into the device to start your car;
  • Blow into the device at random times when prompted by the device;
  • Drive no other car during the program.

If you receive an interlock order and do not install an interlock device, you will be disqualified from holding a licence for a period of 5 years.

Exemption orders are available if you are eligible however these orders must be made by the Magistrate at the time of determining the matter. We recommend you contact our office to discuss whether you are eligible for an exemption order.

The Court Process

Drink driving matters are considered serious criminal offences and will be heard in the Local Court. If you have been charged with mid-range drink driving it is important to understand severe penalties are likely to apply such as a criminal conviction and licence disqualification. 

We recommend contacting our office to discuss your options with one of our team who are experienced dealing with traffic and criminal matters.

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