Fines for excessive speed, drug and alcohol offences are different from other fines – they're more serious. They may result in:
A conviction will be recorded 28 days from the Infringement Notice issue date on your fine, unless you object. If you were not responsible for the offence, you should act before that date.
If you don't act, your offence will appear on your criminal record.
You'll be issued with an excessive speeding fine if you’re caught driving 25km or more above the speed limit, or at more than 130km (if the speed limit is 110km).
If you don't act within 28 days of the notice issue date, your driver licence will be suspended, or in some cases, cancelled. The length of the suspension will be determined by how serious your offence is (e.g. how fast you were driving over the speed limit).
If you weren’t driving the vehicle at that time, nominate the driver as soon as possible to avoid your licence being suspended or cancelled.
If you're caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit, you'll be issued with a drink-driving fine. Depending on your BAC, the police can decide to have your licence suspended immediately.
Visit VicRoads to learn more about legal BAC levels.
If you don't act within 28 days of the notice issue date, your driver licence will be suspended, or in some cases, cancelled.
If you're caught driving while affected by drugs, you'll be issued with a drug-driving fine.
If you don't act within 28 days of the notice issue date, your driver licence will be suspended.
You can be issued a drug-driving penalty for:
Visit VicRoads to learn more about drug-driving penalties.
Once you're convicted of an excessive speed, drink or drug-driving offence, you may incur demerit points. In the case of drink-driving and excessive speed offences, you may also have your licence suspended or cancelled.
Driver licence suspensions for accumulating too many demerit points are different to suspensions and cancellations for excessive speed and drink-driving offences. This means your licence may be suspended or cancelled twice – once for the excessive speed or drink-driving offence, and again for accumulating too many demerit points.
Visit VicRoads to learn more about demerit points and licence matters.
If you've been issued a fine for excessive speed, drink or drug-driving, and want to object, you must act quickly. You have 28 days to deal with your fine before your licence is suspended or cancelled.
To dispute your fine, you can have your matter heard in court.
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