If you're under 20 and you're caught with any level of blood alcohol by the police, what is the minimum penalty? If you're under 20 and you're caught with any level of blood alcohol by the police, what is the minimum penalty?

  • A. Your licence will be suspended

  • B. $200 fine and 50 demerit points

  • C. $100 fine and 35 demerit points

  • D. Nothing for a first offence, then licence suspension for the second offence

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Drink driving is a serious offence. Drivers under 20 years old must not have any alcohol in their system. If you have more than 150mcg/litre of breath or 30mg per 100ml of blood then you could be disqualified from driving, given 50 demerit points and either fined or sent to prison
     
 
 
 

What is drink driving?

Drink driving is driving after you have had any alcoholic drink that puts you over the blood alcohol limit for your licence type and age.

The limits vary: if you are under 20 years old, there is a zero tolerance. If you are over 20, the limit is 250mcg/litre of breath or 50mg/100ml blood. If it is between 250 and 400mcg/litre of breath then you will get a fine and 50 demerit points. Any more than that and you will be disqualified and fined.