Western Australia’s new alcohol interlock law will see interlock devices installed in the vehicles of repeat drink drivers and drivers found with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 and above.

An interlock is an alcohol breath-testing device that prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver is over a specified BAC. 

RAC General Manager Corporate Aairs Will Golsby said an alcohol interlock program for WA has been on the agenda since 2003.

“In 2013, alcohol, along with speed and drugs, accounted for 41 per cent of deaths on our roads,” Mr Golsby said.

“Many Australian states and territories have been using the alcohol devices for a number of years with some positive results.”

According to an RAC survey, more than nine in 10 RAC members said they felt drink driving was an issue of high priority in WA and 62 per cent believed the current penalties for drink driving were not severe enough.

“Alcohol interlocks are a good measure to alter behaviour while they are fitted, but we’d like to see an additional strategy for long-term behaviour change that looks at intervention, education
and rehabilitation for repeat drink drivers.

“These programs can specifically deal with addressing repeat offenders’ drink-driving behaviours to help prevent them reoffending once the interlock has been removed.

“Our member survey showed 92 per cent of respondents indicated support for compulsory driver education programs for repeat drink drivers.”