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, 2820 KB) brochure contains more information.
The South Australian Government is developing a new strategy for the next ten years: South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031.
All remaining cars fitted with a critical defective Takata type airbag inflator will now be refused registration in South Australia from Monday, 10 August until they are rectified, to ensure the safety of all road users.
Motorists are advised of upcoming partial closures of the Heysen Tunnels to allow for essential safety maintenance works.
Works to improve ride quality will be undertaken on McIntyre Road between The Golden Way and Wright Road, commencing each night from 7pm, Tuesday, 18 February to 6am, Friday, 6 March, weather permitting.