Stronger Ignition Interlock Law Coming to Victoria, Australia

Smart Start Australia demonstrating Smart Start's Ignition Interlock Device

A stronger Ignition Interlock law passed recently in Victoria, a state in Australia. The new law is one of the toughest in the country for drink drivers.

What is the New Ignition Interlock Law in Victoria?

All offenders who have a blood alcohol level (BAC) above .05 will have their licenses cancelled immediately. They will also have to install an Ignition Interlock Device into their vehicles. First-time offenders will also have their license disqualified for three months, and will need an Ignition Interlock Device. The minimum period required to have an Ignition Interlock is at least six months.

Will Ignition Interlocks Work?

Multiple studies have proven that Ignition Interlocks surpass other DUI penalties, such as hefty fines and jail times, as far as discouraging an offender from drinking and driving again. They also allow individuals to continue with their everyday routine by being able to drive their vehicles and go to work or school.

What’s Victoria’s Current BAC Limit?

A BAC level of .05 is the legal limit in most of Australia’s states and territories, including Victoria. Any offender with a BAC limit above .05 will face harsher penalties. The only state in the U.S. with a BAC limit of .05 is Utah, while the rest of the U.S. remains at .08.

By cracking down on drink driving and passing stronger Ignition Interlock laws, Victoria is making their roadways much safer.

Need an Ignition Interlock?

Smart Start offers superior Ignition Interlock Devices throughout Australia. We have service locations are in Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia, A.C.T., Queensland and South Australia. If you are in Australia and need an Ignition Interlock, call 1300 256 900 or use the Contact Us form.

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