Centre for Road Safety

Since RBT started in 1982, fatalities each year from alcohol related crashes have dropped from about 350 to 56 in 2012.

Making roads safer

Drink driving is a factor in about one in every five crashes in NSW where someone is killed.

Random breath testing started in 1982. Since then, fatal crashes involving alcohol have dropped from about 40 per cent of all fatalities to the 2012 level of 15 per cent. Police conduct about 5 million breath tests each year in NSW. Every police car is a mobile RBT.

Our Plan B campaign aims to change drink driving behaviour on the roads. It promotes positive choices for getting home safely after a night out and reinforces the safety message that if you drink, you should not drive.

Don’t take the risk

Drink driving is a criminal offence. If you are arrested for being over your legal blood alcohol concentration limit you will be charged and have to appear in court. There are also penalties if you refuse to take a breath test.

In NSW, police have the power to:

  • Stop drivers at random to test for alcohol
  • Arrest drivers who test over the legal limit
  • Require a driver to take a sobriety test in certain circumstances
  • Breath test any driver or supervising driver involved in a crash

Blood tests

Blood tests will be taken for alcohol if a driver is admitted to hospital with injuries from a crash. If you refuse to have a blood test, you may face the same penalties as those for a high range drink drive offence.