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Water won’t beat new booze limit – The Dominion Post

Laura Goodall posted in on December 1st, 2014.

From today, the drink-drive limit has been lowered to 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath or 50 milligrams per 100ml of blood. The law change aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes – which have killed or injured about 6400 New Zealanders over the past 10 years. Michael Forbes at The Dominion Post looked at the science behind how […]

Drink driving limits – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 5th, 2013.

The Government plans to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20. The new legislation is to be put before parliament before the end of the year. The new regime will impose civil infringements on drivers with between 50 and […]

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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Newsletter Digest: A new ancestor, blood alcohol and online enforcement

Peter Griffin posted in on April 9th, 2010.

New human ancestor discovered A team of scientists, including three Australians, have uncovered the skeletal remains of a new species of ancient human. The researchers suggest the species – named Australopithecus sediba– could be a direct ancestor to Homo erectus, the predecessor of modern humans. The two partial articulated skeletons of an adult female and […]

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 […]

Blood alcohol limit – 50 vs. 80 – what impact for drivers?

Dacia Herbulock posted in on April 8th, 2010.

A reduction in the legal blood alcohol limit is one proposal in the Ministry of Transport’s Safer Journeys 10-year road safety strategy document released last month. New Zealand’s current limit of 80 mg/100 ml (or 0.08 BAC) is among the highest in the world — most countries besides the UK and USA have opted for […]

Newsletter Digest: Blood alcohol, the GRA Summit and Phil Jones’ exoneration

Peter Griffin posted in on April 1st, 2010.

The science of blood alcohol levels The Government is considering whether or not to reduce the current adult blood alcohol consumption limit from 80mg/100ml (0.08) to 50mg/100ml (0.05), in a bid to cut accidents and deaths resulting from drink driving. Cabinet will consider the issue this month and has floated a potential reduction as part […]

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