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 seven crashes in NSW where someone is killed.

Random breath testing started in 1982. Since then, trauma from fatal crashes involving alcohol has dropped from about 40 per cent of all fatalities to the 2017 level of 15 per cent. Police conduct about 5 million breath tests each year in NSW. Every police car is a mobile RBT. 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

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 serous offence. It is also an offence if you refuse to take a breath test. Penalties and other consequences vary according to the offence.

Depending on the type of offence, if you are caught drink driving NSW Police may suspend your licence immediately. If you are convicted, significant penalties apply, including fines and even prison terms. You will be disqualified from driving and may also be ordered to install an alcohol interlock.

Further information about offences and penalties for drink driving, and the Alcohol Interlock Program can be found on the Roads and Maritime Services website.

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.