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On-the-spot fines for drink driving won’t change behaviour, expert says

Deborah Knight
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Low-range drink drivers could be slapped with an on-the-spot fine and avoid the embarrassment of a court attendance under proposed new laws.

The Berejiklian Government plans to utilise infringement notices for low-range drink driving offences in an attempt to reduce congestion in the overcrowded court system.

While the laws have passed the NSW Parliament’s Lower House, they have yet to get through the Upper House.

Managing Partner of Armstrong Legal John Sutton tells Deborah Knight “people don’t care about infringement notices… it doesn’t change people’s behaviour”.

“Whereas when they go to court… and people have to stand up and face the humiliation… and have a magistrate tell them they’re not keeping up to date with community expectations and putting people at risk.

“That’s where the learning really occurs, that’s where the change occurs in people.”

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Deborah Knight
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