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Transport Agency welcomes decision to lower alcohol limits for driving

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The NZ Transport Agency is welcoming today's announcement that Cabinet has agreed to lower the legal blood alcohol limit from 80 to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood for drivers aged over 20.

Transport Agency Road Safety Director Ernst Zollner says the change will save lives and prevent serious injuries on New Zealand roads.

"Drink-driving inflicts a huge amount of pain and suffering on innocent road users, and this change sends a clear message to those who would put others at risk by driving drunk. Together with other recent changes including zero alcohol limits for teens and new penalties for serious and repeat drink-driving offenders this measure will make New Zealand roads safer for everyone."

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