New regulations tighten up on drink-driving offenders



13 May 2013





A change in regulations will soon mean – as of June 1 – that serious drink-driving offenders are required to prove that they are not alcohol dependent before they are allowed to drive again.

Under current regulations high risk drink-drive offenders are able to apply for a license – after being disqualified – once they have passed a medical exam. They are then able to start driving as soon as they apply for their new license. New regulations mean that they must prove they are no longer alcohol dependent before they can start driving again.

Those who refuse to allow their blood samples to be analysed following drink-driving will also be treated as high risk under the new regulations. Drivers who obstruct the police in this way must also pass a medical examination to prove they are not alcohol dependent before they are allowed to drive again.

Stephen Hammond, road safety minister, said: “Drink-drivers are a menace and it is right that we do everything we can to keep the most high risk offenders off the road.”

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