If you fail to provide a specimen, or a drug is detected in your blood, you will be charged with driving under the influence of liquor or a drug. If you are charged with driving under the influence of liquor or a drug your driver licence will be immediately suspended until the charge is dealt with: by a court.
It is a serious offence to drive while your blood alcohol level is over the legal limit.
The roadside drug test takes a saliva sample and can detect the presence of:
If your licence is suspended but you need to keep driving, such as for work, you may be eligible to apply for a special hardship order. A special hardship order is a court order that allows a driver with a suspended provisional or open licence to continue driving under restricted and specific conditions.
After receiving the Notice of Suspension, you have 28 days to lodge your appeal online or in person at a local court. You will need to pay a fee to the court to lodge your application. Unless the court orders otherwise you must not drive until your appeal is heard.
Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, commonly called dangerous driving, causing death or grievous bodily harm is a very serious criminal offence in Queensland and other states. If you are found guilty of dangerous driving, your licence will be disqualified for a minimum of 6 months in addition to any other penalty that is imposed.
If you are convicted of unlicensed driving, the court must disqualify you from holding a drivers licence for a period of between 1 and 6 months. You may also receive a fine of more than $5,700 or you may be imprisoned for up to 1 year.
If you have been charged with a drink or drug driving offence in Queensland or another state, you may be entitled to apply for a work licence. A work licence is also known as a restricted licence, workers licence, section 87 licence or day licence.
It is also critical to know that the work licence must be applied for before the court imposes a disqualification period for the drink or drug driving offence. Once the court imposes the licence disqualification you cannot apply for a work licence.
Often, even the most experienced drivers may consider undertaking a refresher driving course to help them with safely and navigating the road.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a refresher driving course – in fact, it can be very helpful in order to mitigate the future risk of a crash, and can also help unsteady drivers with improving their skill and confidence level!
Commence Program Before Court Date!
Make sure you have left enough time to complete the course and have your certificate issues before your Court date.
Don't Leave It Until the Last Minute
The course will take at least four (4) full days to complete. Please ensure you also have enough time to receive your certificate.