Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced that he has introduced the Land Transport Amendment Bill 2013 to lower the adult drink-driving limits.

On 4 November 2013, the government announced that it had agreed to 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.

Drivers who commit an offence between 251-400mcg of breath will face a $200 infringement fee and will receive 50 demerit points. Drivers who accumulate 100 or more demerit points from driving offences within two years receive a three month driver licence suspension.

The Bill is expected to be referred to a select committee before Christmas and passed in 2014.

View Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee's media release(external link)

Information on the Land Transport Amendment Bill 2013

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