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New Zealand’s current breath alcohol limit

23/08/2013 - Health and safety

New Zealand’s current breath alcohol limit

Every year 62 New Zealanders are killed in accidents involving drink drivers. As a New Zealand company that plays a major role in helping New Zealanders on the road, and contracts 96 heavy vehicle drivers to transport 1.72 billion litres of flammable liquid up and down the country, we care about this alarming figure.

As part of our commitment to Zero Harm for all our staff and contractors, we invited the New Zealand Police to our head office to talk with us about the current breath alcohol limit and the risks of drink-driving.

The talk is part of a campaign by the Police to lower the current breath alcohol limit from 0.8 to 0.5 mg of alcohol per litre of breath. Research has shown that the current limit is far too high with one third of all drivers who have been drinking and involved in car accidents still under the legal limit.

The Police also breath tested a number of the Z team after a few drinks, with the results being both surprising and frightening. People felt far too impaired to drive, yet they were still under the legal limit.

After the presentation and testing we asked the Z team how they felt about the limit and we received very strong support for Z to become advocates for lowering the breath alcohol limit.

We reckon given our road exposure, the type of product we carry and our commitment to Zero Harm we’ve got an opportunity to use our voice to start a public conversation around the current limit to help support lowering the breath alcohol limit. So, watch this space.

Please let us know what your views are on the current breath alcohol limit at theenergydrop@z.co.nz. We really appreciate your feedback.


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