Police crack down on drink drivers with new blood alcohol laws beginning at midnight

WA drivers will be taking an even greater risk by drinking and driving, with WA Police cracking down on intoxicated drivers with new blood alcohol laws.

Police will no longer use a time consuming formula to calculate a drink driver’s blood alcohol content, with new the laws to take effect at midnight.

The Blood Alcohol Content Bill 2019 will require the roadside evidentiary reading of drivers to be used at their court appearance.

It replaces a back calculation procedure introduced in 1974, where a driver’s legal blood alcohol content is calculated according to the time of their last drink.

The previous procedure has allowed drivers to escape higher penalties and jail time.

WA is the currently the last state to remove the back calculation practice.

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said it had taken too long bring WA in line with other national jurisdictions.

She said that it aimed to make roads more safer.

“They failed to abolish this outdated practice, despite the evidence and recommendation to do so,” Mrs Roberts said.

“It’s simple, it takes all the confusion away and it’s a clear message that alcohol and driving don’t mix.”

She stated that if drivers intend to drink, they should make other travel arrangements.

“The safest thing to do if you’re drinking, is to make other plans to get home,” Mrs Roberts said.

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