What is the offence?
It is an offence in Queensland to drive while a relevant drug is present in the blood or saliva, or while under the influence of drugs (a more serious offence).
What is the penalty?
The penalty for driving while a relevant drug is present in the blood or saliva is a fine of up to $1,400 or imprisonment for up to 3 months. A licence disqualification of at least 1 month will also be imposed.
Penalties for driving while under the influence of drugs are similar to the offence of driving while under the influence of alcohol and include fines of up to $2,800 or imprisonment of up to 9 months, along with a disqualification period of at least 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I was charged with driving while a relevant drug is present in the blood or saliva. Can I apply for a work licence?
A: If you satisfy the rest of the criteria, then yes you can apply for a work licence. Please refer to the page on work licences for more information.
Please contact us if you have been charged with a drug driving offence.