Al­co­hol limit to be low­ered

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With just a fort­night un­til a lower al­co­hol limit for adult driv­ers comes into ef­fect, po­lice and road safety agen­cies are re­mind­ing driv­ers of the im­pend­ing change.

The as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of road polic­ing, Dave Cliff, said po­lice staff were hand­ing out in­for­ma­tion to driv­ers about the new lower lim­its.

‘‘Po­lice wel­come the low­ered limit, which rep­re­sents a op­por- tu­nity to fur­ther re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple killed and maimed on our roads,’’ Cliff said.

‘‘One of the great things is that many driv­ers al­ready ap­pear to be tak­ing the new lim­its on board.’’

How­ever, he warned that po­lice would not be less­en­ing fo­cus on those con­tin­u­ing to break the law, who put other in­no­cent road users at risk.

The new leg­is­la­tion low­ers the adult breath al­co­hol limit from 400mcg of al­co­hol per litre of breath to 250mcg. The blood al­co­hol limit will re­duce from 80mg of al­co­hol per 100ml of blood (0.08), to 50mg (0.05).

Adult driv­ers who com­mit an of­fence be­tween 251 and 400mcg of breath will face an in­fringe­ment penalty of $ 200 and re­ceive 50 de­merit points.

For driv­ers un­der 20, the limit stays at zero.

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