To say that drink driving is frowned upon would be an understatement. In many countries, it is considered a felony and a social taboo to drink and drive, due to the lives that are put into risk by inebriated drivers. In Australia, drink driving is one of the leading causes of fatal accidents. As such, drinking under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is heavily penalized
Penalties vary from state to state, but no matter where they’re committed, DUIs are heavily cracked down on. Drivers with a learner’s license are prohibited from having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level over zero, while the limit for those with a full licence is 0.05. Any passengers with learner drivers should not exceed a 0.05 BAC.
“I can’t be punished if the officers don’t even know my BAC, right?” Not exactly. If authorities ask you to pull up, and you refuse to submit to a breathalyser test, you can be imprisoned for up to six months and fined for as much as $4000 in some states. An officer may also request for further tests, if he/she should find the results of the breathalyser unsatisfactory.
Should you be found guilty, the DUI will be placed under your record as a criminal offence. Your penalty would also depend on factors such as BAC, any damage you may have caused, and previous records.
Resources- How to get apply for Driver Licence in Victoria, Australia