Alcohol and Drug Awareness Course

If you have been charged with a drink driving offence in the ACT it is compulsory that you attend an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Course prior to the sentencing of that offence. Completion of one of these programs is also required if you are making an application to the Court for a restricted licence.

There are two potential courses available. If your BAC was under 0.08, and this is a first offence, you will be required to attend the Think Ahead course. For a first offence with a higher than 0.08 reading, or any second offence, you will be required to attend the kNOw the Risk course.

What are the Costs?

These programs are government sanctioned and are held at the Road Ready Centre. There are reduced rates for holders of a concession card. Also, payment plans are available for those who are experiencing financial hardship.

What is involved in the Course?

These are not Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation programs. Their aim is to educate on the effects of alcohol and drugs specifically in relation to driving and traffic matters. For example, a brief overview of the course would include:

  • General knowledge of alcohol and drugs: for example addressing popular myths as to how the body metabolises alcohol and effects on a person’s health, behaviour and driving ability.
  • Building awareness of drink and drug driving: this would address potential social and personal consequences, as well as legal ramifications if you were to be charged and convicted of such an offence.
  • Setting a future plan: this addresses the context that usually leads up to a drink driving offence, consequences of any further drink driving charges and identifying risky behaviour and making plans to avoid those situations.

How do I Enrol?

Both the Think Ahead and kNOw the Risk programs are available in two locations.

Address: Road Ready Centre North
Block D – Canberra Technology Park
47 Phillip Ave WATSON ACT 2602
Phone: (02) 6162 5152
Fax: (02) 6162 5153
Address: Road Ready Centre South
72 Townshend St PHILLIP ACT 2606
Phone: (02) 6282 8990
Fax: (02) 6162 5153




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