Cut drink-drive limit: poll

NZ Herald 1 Jan 2013
Nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders support lowering the drink-drive limit – although the Government says it won’t act until more research is carried out.

A Herald-DigiPoll summer survey found 65 per cent backing for cutting the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg.

Research shows an average-sized adult male can consume about six alcoholic drinks in 90 minutes before hitting the current limit.

The limit has been dubbed “legal drink driving” by critics, but the Government has said it will not decide on lowering it until more research is complete.

It expects to receive data from the Ministry of Transport and a driver-simulation study from Waikato University next year.

Yesterday, national road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths said he backed a reduction.