Driver Education Programs
There are a number of driver education programs that can be completed before sentencing or as part of a sentence for serious driving matters.
Traffic Offenders Program
People are referred to this program by the court before being sentenced. Completion of the program is most beneficial for first-time offenders, who may thus avoid a conviction, and multiple offenders who are facing custodial sentences.
Sober Drivers Program
This program is for adult offenders convicted of a second drink driving offence in a five-year period. It is a nine-week educational program delivered by the Probation and Parole Service. Attendance is usually a condition of a good behaviour bond imposed by the court.
Alcohol Interlock Program
People convicted of drink driving offences can ask to participate in this program. An electronic device, which is wired to the ignition, prevents the car from being started unless the driver passes a breath test. Drivers convicted for a first time low range or special range PCA offence are not eligible for interlock. Nor are drivers who are subject to a Habitual Offender Declaration.
People on the program have to serve at least half the minimum disqualification period for their offence and then a further minimum period of one to four years (depending on the offence) on the program.