Around 12,000 Queensland motorists are convicted of drink driving each year. In an effort to reduce these numbers the Queensland Government introduced new alcohol ignition interlock laws on 6 August 2010. Under the new laws, persons who have been charged with, or convicted of, a drink driving offence (DUI) may be required to install and use an interlock device in their vehicle.
An alcohol interlock device is attached to the ignition systems of vehicles. In order to start the vehicle, the person must blow into the device and record an alcohol concentration under the required limit.
Alcohol ignition interlocks will apply to offenders convicted of high-risk drink driving offences including:
The interlock device will be installed in offenders' vehicles at the end of their licence disqualification. The offender will be billed with supply and installation costs of approximately $2000.
The interlock program goes for a minimum of 12 months after which offenders may leave if they have completed the following requirements:
If an offender refuses to have their vehicle fitted with the device or do not follow the rules of the interlock program they will face fines and a further two year licence disqualification.