Drink driving remains a significant factor in fatalities and serious injuries on South Australian roads. The mandatory scheme is one of a number of measures aimed at drink drivers. Other initiatives that have been introduced to deter drink driving behaviour, are:
Crash data shows the percentage of drivers and riders killed with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit has increased over the last decade.
What is the Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Scheme?
The Alcohol Interlock Scheme is mandatory for drivers disqualified from driving following a serious drink driving offence.
The driver must re-apply for a licence and fit an alcohol interlock breath-testing device to their vehicle before they can resume driving.
An alcohol interlock is a small breath-testing device, about the size of an electric shaver, which is fitted to the ignition of a vehicle. It measures the level of alcohol in your breath after you blow into it allowing you to drive legally but preventing you from driving if alcohol is detected.
The driver is responsible for all costs associated with the installation, rental, servicing and removal of the alcohol interlock device.
A serious drink driving offence is defined as:
The MR1355 Mandatory Alcohol Interlock Scheme (PDF, 2925 KB) brochure contains more information.
Additional vehicles registered in South Australia have now been identified as having been fitted with a “critical” Takata airbag, and will be refused registration to ensure the safety of all road users.
As part of the Regency Road to Pym Street Project there will be a temporary partial closure of the South Road and Regency Road intersection from 5am Monday, 4 January, to 5am Monday, 11 January, weather permitting.
As part of the Darlington Upgrade Project, night and weekend works will be undertaken in the lowered motorway and on South Road to install the final layer of asphalt and line marking.
Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.