“Tis the Season” to be Vigilant – New drink driving limits from 1 Dec 2014

On Monday 1 December 2014 the drink driving limits in New Zealand for adults over 20 years of age will drop from 80 mg to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood. The limit for drivers under 20 years of age remains zero.

The new limits are very clear and bring New Zealand in line with other countries, including Australia.

In practical terms, over a 2 hour period:

  • The average male could drink between 3 and 6 standard 330 ml bottles of beer.
  • The average female could drink between 1.5 and 2.5 standard 120 ml glasses of wine.

We note this can differ considerably between persons of differing size, gender, build and metabolism.

Penalties and Consequences:

  • A positive test between 50 mg to 80 mg will receive a civil infringement fine of $200 and 50 demerit points.
  • Those found above 80 mg will face court charges and likely criminal sentences.
  • If you exceed 130 mg your licence will be automatically suspended for 28 days.
  • 100 or more demerits points results in your license being suspended for 3 months.

Please don’t get caught out this Christmas or any time in the future!

Red wine on table Christmas tree