Drink driving goes on crime record

GETTING busted drink driving is a crime that will hit your hip pocket hard and affect your career prospects.

Insurance premiums will rise and even getting insurance in the first place will be difficult.

“Simple. They look at your driving record,” Southern Cross University Law School lecturer and accredited criminal law specialist Ralph James said.

Not only will a driving record reflect a drink driving conviction but so will your criminal record.

A convicted driver will have to remain free of criminal behaviour for 10 to 15 years before the record will not be detrimental.

“There are certain professions where you would need to declare your drink driving conviction though,” Mr James said.

Drink driving is listed as a crime in Australia but under the Road Transport Act, not the Crime Act. Many crimes under the crime act can keep people out of certain professions or industries.



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