Drink Drug Drive program

Grampians Community Health are preparing now for an expected increase in drug and drink drive offences following changes by the Victorian Government to bring in tougher Drink and Drug Drive enforcement.

In April, stronger penalties for drink drive in Victoria from 30th April 2018 were announced by the Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety. The changes announced will impact all drink drivers, drug drivers, including first-time offenders. If a driver records a blood alcohol reading of 0.05 and over they will lose the driver license for at least three months, the interlock will be mandatory for a minimum of six months, and there is a requirement to participate in the behaviours change program.

Grampians Community Health has been delivering many Alcohol and Drug Counselling support services for 30 years making positive changes in our community. The Grampians Community Health Drink Drive Drug Drive program has been under review since October 2017 in anticipation of the changes and the new requirements for accreditation by VicRoads.

 “An average of 70 people contacted Grampians Community Health for support drug drive related in the past two years” said Caleb Lourensz Manager of the Alcohol and Drugs Support Services.

Mr Greg Little, Chief Executive Officer of Grampians Community Health, said that GCH employees are undertaking further training as established by VicRoads, to ensure we are ready to deliver the Drink Drug Drive Behaviour Change programs under the new framework, which will be held in Stawell and Horsham.

To coincide with the new legislation requirements, Grampians Community Health will be re-launching the revised Drink/Drug Drive program In June. It will be a 6 hours program for Victorian drink drivers and a 10-hour intensive drink/drug driver program. The 6-hour program will be conducted over two separate sessions and for first-time will for drink drivers with a blood alcohol reading below 0.15. The session will comprise of cognitive behavioural and motivational techniques, education, motivations for drink driving consequences, risk-taking, impulsivity and decision-making.

The 10-hour program will be conducted over four separate sessions (3×3 hour sessions one week apart). It will be for repeat drink drivers, drug drivers, combined drink/drug, refusal of test, first-time drink drivers blood alcohol reading 0.15 and above, and these participants will also be required to attend Alcohol and Drug counselling.

 “Unfortunately, there are still people who risk lives on the roads through drink and drug driving” Mr. Little said.

 “Until the message is headed in the community that drink or drug driving is not acceptable, the tougher penalties and requirements mean that for now it is expected that there will be even more people undertaking drink and drug drive behavior change courses” added Mr Little.

 Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.

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