Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced that the Land Transport Amendment Bill 2013 passed its third and final reading. The Bill will lower the drink-driving limits for adult drivers aged twenty and over. From 1 December 2014, the breath alcohol limit for adult drivers will lower from 400 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg. The blood alcohol limit will reduce from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg.
The legislation creates a new offence for adult drivers with a breath alcohol level between 251-400mcg, resulting in penalties of an infringement fee of $200 and 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 zero alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20 years remains the same.
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