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BB70

Author Lily Trimboli
Published January 2012
Report Type Bureau Brief No. 70
Subject Alcohol; Driving offences; Sentencing
Keywords drink-driving, PCA, sentence

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Summary

Aim

To describe the penalties imposed on convicted drink-drivers in NSW.

Results

A fine is the most serious penalty, imposed on 59.8 per cent of convicted drink-drivers. The average fine varies according to the PCA range of the offence: $470 (low range PCA range), $704 (middle range PCA offence), $1,056 (high range PCA offence) and $361 (special range PCA offence). The second most common penalty is a bond without conviction or no conviction recorded, imposed on about 22 per cent of convicted drink-drivers. Bonds without conviction or no conviction recorded, however, remain extremely rare for offenders convicted of high range PCA offences.

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