DID YOU KNOW?
- Alcohol impaired driving is one of the main causes of serious road trauma in NZ
- Alcohol is a drug known to impair the ability to drive safely
- 79% of alcohol affected drivers in the region are male, although increasing numbers of women are being stopped with blood alcohol levels over the legal limit
- Each year, young drivers cause nearly half of all alcohol-related road crashes
- Alcohol is the most widely used psychoactive (mood changing) readily available drug
- The blood alcohol limit for drivers under 20 is zero
- Passenger of drivers under the influence of alcohol have a 50% chance of dying in a crash
- From December 2014, the alcohol limit lowers from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg, and from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg (from 0.08 to 0.05)
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE THE RISK?
- Protect your whanau – drive sober
- Plan your ride home before you go out
- Dial-a-driver or take a taxi
- Text your friends or parents to let them know you need a ride home
- Never accept a ride from a driver who has been drinking