Older people worst for drink-driving

Police are still nabbing too many drunk drivers across all ages, Mid-South Canterbury area commander Dave Gaskin said.

The issue remained a problem across the board, with the older generation the worst culprits.

"The ones that are best are the 20 to 30 age group."

Gaskin puts that down to the vast media coverage, which people in that age group would have grown up with.

"There seems to be a change in attitude towards [drink-driving], but really, it's not acceptable at all," he said.

On Tuesday, 15 people appeared in the Timaru District Court on drink-driving charges. Three were aged 20 to 30, two 30 to 40, five 40 to 50 and two between 50 to 55.

The remaining three were under 20, which meant they should not have had any alcohol level while driving. Two were aged 17 and one was 19.

"The safest amount to drink when driving is nothing. I would dearly love to have no-one caught," Gaskin said.

He believes the problem will increase when the legal limit is lowered at the end of the year.

The limit will drop from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. The breath limit will be reduced from 400 micrograms per litre of breath to 250mcg/l for drivers over 20.

Drivers caught between the new limit and the old one will not be subject to court action - police will issue penalties on the spot.

The Timaru Herald