What happens if you are caught drink driving in New Zealand?

What happens if you are caught drink driving in New Zealand?

If you have an alcohol level of less than 150 micrograms per litre of breath, or less than 30 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, you could be fined and given 50 demerit points. If your alcohol level is higher, you could be disqualified from driving, given 50 demerit points and either fined or imprisoned.

Is drink driving a criminal conviction in New Zealand?

Is a drink driving charge a criminal charge? Yes. Such a charge is heard in the criminal jurisdiction of the District Court and a criminal conviction is recorded against your name if you plead guilty or are found guilty of the charge.

Is a drink driving conviction a criminal conviction?

Is drink driving a criminal offence? Yes, drink driving is a criminal offence under Section 5(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988. Driving while exceeding the legal limit can result in a criminal record, a driving disqualification, an unlimited fine and in serious cases a prison sentence!

How many drinks can I have and drive NZ?

One drink can put you over the limit. In New Zealand, the legal limit is 50mg per 100ml of blood (equivalent to 250mcg of alcohol per litre of breath). Even if you’re just over the limit, in the eyes of the law you’re a drunk-driver and a criminal – there is no grey area.

Is it an offence to drink and drive in New Zealand?

For about 80% of New Zealanders alcohol is involved in many social activities. But alcohol is also a leading cause of road deaths, serious injury, family violence, and mental and physical health problems. Drink driving is a serious offence and the chances of getting caught are high. You can be stopped by the police and breath-tested at any time.

Is it an offence to drive while under the influence of alcohol?

It’s an offence to drive, or try to drive, while you’re under the influence of alcohol so that you can’t properly control your vehicle. For a first or second conviction, you can be jailed up to three months or fined up to $4,500, and you’ll be automatically disqualified for at least six months.

Why is alcohol a problem in New Zealand?

Consumed in moderation, alcohol helps people socialise and enjoy themselves. For about 80% of New Zealanders alcohol is involved in many social activities. But alcohol is also a leading cause of road deaths, serious injury, family violence, and mental and physical health problems.

What are the penalties for driving over the alcohol limit?

Those penalties are the same as for adult drivers (see above, “Adults driving over the alcohol limits”) . Note: If you hold an alcohol interlock licence or a zero-alcohol licence, the legal limit for you is zero alcohol.

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