Alcohol limit to be lowered
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.