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.