From 1 December 2014 the alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over lowered from 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath to 250mcg. The blood alcohol limit lowered from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (0.08), to 50mg (0.05). Under 20 year olds cannot have any alcohol present when driving.
Interpreting your breathalyser results:
- Between 0.051% – 0.08% BAC (250 – 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath) = up to a $700 infringement + 50 demerit points + no criminal conviction.
- Above 0.08% BAC (400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath) = criminal conviction.
For further information please see http://www.transport.govt.nz/land/bloodalcoholqanda/