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Queensland Traffic Offenders Program

Written by Michelle Makela

Michelle Makela is one of our Legal Practice Directors and the National Practice Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master’s in Criminology. Michelle has had a varied career, working in commercial litigation, criminal law, family law and estate planning. Michelle joined Go To Court Lawyers in 2011. She now supervises a team of over 80 solicitors across Australia.



If you’ve been caught drink driving in or near Brisbane, you should strongly consider participating in a drink driving program such as QTOP (Queensland Traffic Offenders Program). This will be looked upon favourably by the Magistrate and will usually reduce your fine and suspension period.

What is QTOP?

QTOP is a program designed to educate drivers on issues such as driver safety and fatigue, road trauma, grief and family impact, effects on health, and police and the law. These sessions are run by police officers, fire fighters, ambulance officers, lawyers and family members who provide real life examples and solutions. The program runs for three weeks one night a week; Brisbane on Wednesday nights in Upper Mr Gravatt and on Tuesday nights at Nerang on the Gold Coast.

Who can participate in QTOP?

QTOP is an option available to those that plead guilty to a traffic offence such as drink driving, drug driving, dangerous driving or disqualified driving. Your solicitor at the first court appearance will enter a plea of guilty and advise the Magistrate you wish to participate in the program which will allow for the sentencing of your matter to be adjourned for six weeks until you have completed the program.

How can participating in QTOP help me in Court?

As a drink driving and traffic law specialists, we’ve seen first-hand the reduction in fines and suspension periods for those that have participated in this program. More than 5000 people have participated in the course since its inception, and most have reaped the benefits. Upon completion of the program you are provided with a certificate and this, along with your comments about what you obtained from the course, is handed to the Magistrate. The idea is to show the Magistrate that your behaviour has changed due to the new knowledge you have gained from the program.

Check out the QTOP website at to learn more about the benefits of the program.

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