Alcohol limits to be lowered

Last updated 23:28 30/07/2014

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Legislation to lower adult drink-driving limits from December 1 has passed its final reading in Parliament.

The Land Transport Amendment Bill 2013 will lower the adult breath alcohol limit from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg. 

The blood alcohol limit will reduce from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg.

“Changes delivered by this legislation will save lives and reduce injuries, and they demonstrate the government’s commitment to improving road safety,” Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said.

“Lowering the adult drink-driving limit sends a clear signal that consuming alcohol at high levels and then driving is unacceptable.”

The legislation creates a new offence for drivers with a breath alcohol level between 251-400mcg, who will get a a $200 fine and 50 demerit points.

Anyone who refuses or fails to undergo an evidential breath test, will face a $700 fine and 50 demerit points.

Drivers who accumulate 100 or more demerit points from driving offences within two years receive a three-month driver’s licence suspension.

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