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Drink Drivers In NSW To Lose Licence After First Strike

Anyone who is caught drink driving in NSW can now lose their licence immediately under swift new penalties.

From May 20,  first-time, low-range drink drivers will be stripped of their licence for three months and receive a $561 fine, Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance announced on Monday.

“This reform makes it clear if you break the law, you will pay the price," he said. 

The "zero-tolerance approach" also extends to drug driving, with first-time offenders caught driving under the influence of illicit drugs also subject to the same penalties if laboratory analysis confirms the offence.

Last year, 68 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes on NSW roads -- including 55 lives lost in the country.

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Assistant Police Commissioner Michael Corby said the swift new penalties will protect all road users.

"The 0.05 blood alcohol limit has been in place for almost 38 years. There are no more excuses,” he said.

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