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Drug Driving

Drug Driving Penalties

Police have the power to stop drivers suspected of driving while impaired by any drug and those found with illicit drugs in their oral fluid can be charged with the offence of Driving with Prescribed Illicit Drug in Oral Fluid.

OffenceCourt Penalty
MinimumMaximumDemerits OR
Licence Disqualification
First OffenceN/A$5003 demerits
Second OR
Subsequent Offence
$500$1,0006 months minimum disqualification


Drivers found to be impaired by prescribed or illicit drugs will be prosecuted for a more serious offence; Drug Impaired Driving under the Influence of Drugs.

These offences apply where police have evidence of suspicious or erratic driving behaviour and where that suspicion is confirmed following a driver assessment and/or blood tests.

OffenceCourt Penalty
MinimumMaximumLicence Disqualification
First Offence$900$2,50010 months minimum
Second Offence$2,100$3,500 or,
9 months imprisonment
30 months minimum
Subsequent Offence$2,100$5,000 or,
18 months imprisonment
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Prescription drugs and driving

Prescription drug misuse and a lack of awareness of the side effects that some medications have on driving, can lead to road trauma on WA roads.
 
Using prescription, over-the-counter medications and multiple drug use (using a combination of drugs) while driving can sometimes cause side effects and can reduce mental or physical abilities.
 
Extreme and varied effects such as dramatically slowed reaction times, visual distortion, inability to judge speeds and distances, and risk taking, can increase risk of crash.

If you’re on any prescribed medication it is imperative you understand the impact on your driving, including how to take it and the consequences of what happens if they do not administer the medication in the correct manner.  

For more information, read medicines & driving and speak to your health care professional.

Drug Aware website Mental Health Commission

Community Resources

Community Resource 1
Drink and drug driving fact sheetDownload
Community Resource 2
Impaired Driving - FAQsDownload