Two well over the limit

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 07:14 03/01/2014

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Three people were processed for drink-driving on New Year's Day in Marlborough.

Regional highway patrol team leader Sergeant Barrie Greenall said yesterday he hoped the region was heading for a good year with fewer drink-driving incidents.

However, two of the offenders had been young drivers well over the legal limit.

During the new year's morning campaign, a 16-year-old female was pulled over on Jacksons Rd at 8.20am and had a breath-alcohol level of 634mcg.

"Those under 20 have a zero-alcohol limit while driving and were warned to be wary of driving on both Boxing Day and New Year's Day as they could still have been over the limit if they had been drinking the night before," Mr Greenall said.

Another driver, a 21-year-old male, had been pulled over in Kaikoura at 5.50am with a breath alcohol level of 896mcg.

The breath alcohol limit is 400mcg, but is expected to be lowered to 250mcg.

Mr Greenall said this again raised the problem of young drivers drinking. Police had warned the public to have a contingency plan so they would not be on the road while they had alcohol in their system.

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- The Marlborough Express

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