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New Laws In NSW Could See Drink Drivers Avoid Going To Court

A proposed new law in NSW may mean that low range drink drivers don’t need to go to court anymore after being picked up for being over the limit.

Under the new charge, police will issue an automatic licence suspension and an on-the-spot fine if a driver blows between 0.05 and 0.08.

The change will aim to unclog the courts with minor offences and hopefully deter drivers from fighting a conviction.

The change is one of many being pushed by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in a bid to tackle the state’s growing road toll.

However, the NRMA is concerned the change will water down the public messaging around the seriousness of drink driving.

"It effectively means low range offences would be treated the same as getting a fine on the side of the road for going through a stop zone."

NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury said.

There will also be up to $100 million for the NSW Police's Traffic and Highway Patrol Command. Extra cars will be purchased with a target of an additional 100 officers in the next five years.

"We are interested in anything that does save lives on our roads, particularly country roads." Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.

Source: Channel Nine

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