Tough new penalties for drink driving will require drivers detected at 0.05 or over to have an alcohol interlock device fitted to their car for six months after regaining their licence.
A range of new laws, which are expected to come into effect on 30 April, will strengthen penalties for drink drivers and keep Victorian road users safer.
The driver safety reforms include laws that mean first-time full licence holders who are detected with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of between 0.05 and 0.069 will have their licences cancelled and be disqualified from re-applying for three months.
Around 3000 full licence holders are detected in this BAC range each year in Victoria, with data showing that drink drivers are twice as likely as other road users to be involved in a road accident.
Drink driving contributed to almost a quarter (23 per cent) of Victorian road deaths last year.
In a Victorian first, drivers detected at 0.05 or over will also be required to have an alcohol interlock device fitted to their car for six months, costing the driver about $180 to install as well as ongoing servicing costs and a $100 removal fee.
These initiatives are supported by research demonstrating that licence disqualification can cut repeated drink-driving incidents by 70 per cent, and that using alcohol interlock devices reduces repeated drink driving by 63 per cent.