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Fines are on the cards for drivers who break new lower drink driving limits.
MPs have voted to cut the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood to 50 milligrams
Under the new rules those that record alcohol limits over the new reduced limit, but under the old higher one, will be fined and receive demerit points and not prosecuted via the Courts.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee believes it's the right approach.
He says it sits there to serve as a reminder to people that once you go past the upper limit you are in a very impaired state and not fit to behind the wheel.
The new rules come into effect in December.
The Automobile Association is delighted at the vote in Parliament last night to lower the adult drink drive blood alcohol limit.
Source: Newstalk ZB
It says it's a good step forward in making our roads safer.(2)
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Labour’s Northland list MP and candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, Kelvin Davis, must be alarmed at what a pernicious viper’s nest his party has become.
“Three days ago it seemed Labour had seen sense on the $1.38 billion Puhoi to Wellsford State Highway 1 upgrade, one of the Government’s seven Roads of National Significance,” Mr Brownlee says.
“Their transport spokesman Phil Twyford clearly told The New Zealand Herald Labour would no longer axe the road, merely postpone its construction.
“This was a huge change of heart from Labour, but a sensible one, as the road is supported wholeheartedly by every regional authority from Auckland to Cape Reinga, and the vast majority of the people who live in the far north.
“It was also a big boost for Mr Davis, who had bravely spoken out in favour of investing in greater resilience for Northland’s infrastructure following this week’s damaging storms.
“But 72 hours later Labour’s Auckland-centric powerbrokers have told their plucky upstart from the sticks to get back in his box.
“In an interview with Duncan Garner on Radio Live this afternoon Phil Twyford made it clear that when he says postponed, he means never – under Labour the roading lifeline to the north is a goner.
“The message for the people of Northland is clear: with $1.66 billion worth of roading projects already committed to the far north, the only major political party offering the sort of first-world infrastructure that will see you deliver on your abundant potential is the National Party,” Mr Brownlee says. (9)