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Should we lower the speed limit? – Expert reaction

Peter Griffin posted in on May 12th, 2015.

A heavy weekend road toll has sparked debate about how to improve road safety in New Zealand – is lowering the speed limit the answer? Ten people died in five separate crashes over the weekend, prompting Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Dave Cliff to call for a lowering of the speed limit on certain open roads. […]

Drug report reveals worrying trends

John Kerr posted in on September 8th, 2011.

A survey of frequent illicit drug users has identified price shifts in the black market and highlighted a disturbing attitude towards drugged-driving among users. The Illicit Drug Monitoring Survey (IDMS) was started in 2005 and annually surveys a group of heavy drug users on their use of drugs as well their perceptions of the cost, […]

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Taranaki Daily News: Within limits

Peter Griffin posted in on April 19th, 2010.

Helen Harvey writes in the Taranaki Daily News about a proposal being considered by government to reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for driving. New Zealand’s current limit of 80mg/100ml is higher than many other countries, and there is support for the view that reducing the limit would reduce the number of accident-related injuries and […]

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Media Coverage: Dropping blood alcohol limits from 80mg/l to 50 mg/l

Peter Griffin posted in on April 9th, 2010.

The Government is considering a proposal to drop the maximum legal blood alcohol limit for driving from 80 mg/l to 50 mg/l. New Zealand’s maximum limit is considered to be high, with many other countries having already adopted a 50 mg/l limit, or lower.  Yesterday, the SMC held a briefing on the subject, looking into […]

Stuff/NZPA: Experts back proposal to cut blood alcohol limit

Peter Griffin posted in on April 8th, 2010.

The Government’s proposed plan to reduce the maximum blood alcohol limit for driving from 80 mg/l to 50 mg/l in a bid to improve safety has the backing of health experts. 80 mg/l is considered high by international standards, with many countries having a limit of 50 mg/l or lower. An excerpt: (read in full […]

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