In the state of NSW, there are certain penalties which apply for each category of ‘Drink Driving Offences.’


Those Penalties for Drink Driving in NSW include fines, loss of a person’s Driver licence, a requirement that a person install an (alcohol) interlock device and sometimes, even terms of imprisonment.  We recommend that you read our blog on our website titled ‘Drink Driving Penalties in NSW’ for more information on the penalties for Drink Driving in NSW.


For the purposes of this blog however we will quickly break down the Drink Driving Categories in NSW, as there are 5 levels of Drink driving, and they include:


1.     Novice Range

Includes all drivers specifically Leaners, P1 & P2 Licence with an Alcohol Level between 0.001 to 0.019 whilst handling a vehicle.


2.     Special Range Drink Driving

If the Blood Alcohol content of the Driver’s is between 0.02 to 0.49 Whilst they are on their Learners or Interlock Licence Holders or a bus or taxi driver- The law regards this in the Special Range Category.


3.     Low-Range Drink Driving

Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level between 0.05 to 0.079.


4.     Mid-Range Drink Driving

Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration between 0.08 to 0.149.


5.     High-Range Drink Driving

A person Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.15 and above.



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*This article correctly reflects the Laws of NSW as at 30th January 2024.


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