Would you drink alcohol before going to the gym? Or maybe just one before work?
How about when you are about to operate heavy machinery?
See how other Aucklanders react when they're offered alcohol in these situations.
You wouldn't drink alcohol before these activities, so why would you before you drive?
Even at the current legal alcohol limit for drivers, you're still twice as likely to have a crash as a driver with zero blood alcohol level.*
- Encourage your family and friends to plan ahead and have a sober driver solution sorted before you start drinking. Simple solutions include choosing a sober driver and carpooling rosters.
- Try mocktails and other non-alcoholic drinks.
- Let your family and friends know your plans for the next day which encourage you to stay alcohol-free, such as “I’m running a marathon in 2 weeks”.
- Zero percent alcohol beer is now available in New Zealand and can be a good option for an alcohol-free night. More information on Drink Driving.
Auckland Transport promotes a zero-alcohol policy towards drinking and driving.
The only safe choice is to drive drink-free.
It can be hard to define the number of alcoholic drinks a person can have before safely getting behind the wheel. The effects of alcohol on a person depends on their weight, sex, age, exactly what they’ve had to eat that day, their general health and so on.
The following laws apply to drink driving in New Zealand
- Under 20 - There is a zero-alcohol limit if you are under 20. That means if you drive after consuming even one drink you can be charged with drink-driving.
- 20 or over - You must not drive if you have consumed more than the legal alcohol limit, which is now 50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood.
- At 50mg of alcohol, the predictable effects on that person’s driving are reduced coordination, difficulty steering, and a reduced response to emergency driving situations.
*New Zealand Transport Agency. The Impact of alcohol and drugs.