Driv­ers, ev­ery drink poses risk


With only a mere few days un­til the lower al­co­hol limit comes into ef­fect, po­lice are fran­ti­cally push­ing the mes­sage across.

Po­lice and road safety agen­cies are count­ing down un­til the low­ered al­co­hol limit ar­rives on Mon­day.

Of­fi­cer in charge of road polic­ing for Taupo and South Waikato, Mur­ray Hamil­ton, said it was a good move.

‘‘It’s good to see we’re shift­ing in the right di­rec­tion as far as the le­gal limit.’’

He hoped the num­bers of drink-driv­ers would drop after De­cem­ber 1.

‘‘Fin­gers crossed with the new law com­ing in that ev­ery­one errs on the side of cau­tion.’’

But po­lice would ham­mer home the mes­sage of re­spon­si­bil­ity. ‘‘The big mes­sage from us is if you’re go­ing to drive, don’t drink, there’s no point in try­ing to jug­gle if you can have one drink or not.’’

Hamil­ton said there is no way of telling how over the limit you are be­cause there are ‘‘so many vari­ables’’.

Whether it is gen­der, age, food in­take or tol­er­ance lev­els the best thing to do is to not get be­hind the wheel.

And even the morn­ing after a night of drink­ing can still af­fect driv­ers, he said.

‘‘I’d hope to see our num­bers go down and peo­ple be­ing a lit­tle more re­spon­si­ble. We’re not telling peo­ple not to go out and have a good time . . . Make sure you’ve got a safe way home, with the younger driv­ers – get Mum and Dad to pick you up.’’

Hamil­ton said po­lice will en­sure the mes­sage gets across with in­creased po­lice pres­ence.

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