What happens if I refuse or fail the breath-screening test?
If the screening test comes back positive or you refuse to take the screening test, then you’ll be asked to take a more precise ‘evidential’ breath test or a blood test or both. You might have to go with an officer to a station or a “booze bus” to have these tests done. Before doing either tests, the police should inform you of your right to speak to a lawyer.
You’ll firstly be asked to participate in an evidential breath test. If the results of the test show you’re above the limit, you’ll have 10 minutes to decide whether you’d like to do a blood test also which the police must tell you about. The results of the last test will be used as evidence in Court. If you’re still over the limit for a blood test, the penalty will include the costs of administering the blood test.
It’s illegal to refuse to go with the officer for these tests. If you refuse to take the tests, you can be arrested, fined up to $4,500 and disqualified from driving.