It’s a pleasing trend, but clearly there is no “bump” due to the limits having been tightened.
The number of people caught driving drunk is continuing to plummet according to latest figures.
Convictions for drink-driving, or refusing to supply a sample, have decreased steadily in the country’s 64 district courts between 2009 and 2015, according to information released under by the Justice Ministry under the Official Information Act.
In the 2014/15 year there were 18,062 people convicted; a more than 14 per cent drop on the 21,107 in the previous year and a whopping 40 per cent drop since 09/10.
Road policing national operations manager Inspector Peter McKennie acknowledged the latest reduction was partly due to the fact there were nearly half a million fewer breath tests carried out. But the 2,555,957 tests carried out last year was similar to the 2,548,469 carried out in 2010/11, when there was a much higher number of convictions.
“The key is to look at it over a number of years and we are seeing a steady trend downwards. Drink driving is more socially unacceptable. As always police can do so much in terms of publicity and education, but at the end of the day it’s about getting road users to improve their attitudes and behaviours. And I think that’s working,” McKennie said. Read more »