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Drunk drivers to be disqualified
Constable Jeromy Jones says police will be enforcing the new laws allowing automatic disqualifications.

Drunk drivers will have their licences suspended on the spot as part of a WA Police crackdown starting next month.

On August 1, amendments to the Road Traffic Act 1974 will give police the power to immediately disqualify a person’s driving licence for two months when they are caught with a blood alcohol reading in excess of 0.08 or if they refuse to supply a breath, blood or urine sample.

Margaret River Police Constable Jeromy Jones told the Times drivers would no longer be able to request a blood test rather than a breath test.

Const. Jones reckoned the new laws wouldn’t take long to influence people’s driving behaviour.

“I think it’ll wake a few people up and make them think twice about having that last drink,” he said.

“I’m not sure it will affect them straight away, but once they see their mates getting picked up and suspended, they’ll take note.”

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