Drink driving

Having ‘a few drinks’ over dinner like you used to potentially means you are no longer within the legal alcohol limit.

Glass of beer with hand uprasied in 'no' gesture.

If you are wondering how many drinks you can have before you are over the limit, the best answer is to organise a sober driver or plan to have alternative transport. Sober driving is always the best and safest option.

Alcohol-impaired driving consistently makes up around one third of the contributing factors in serious injury and fatal crashes on New Zealand roads - so take care.

Changes for drivers 20 years and over

New alcohol limits for drivers aged 20 and over were introduced on 1 December 2014. You must not drive if the amount of alcohol:

  • in your breath is more than 250mcg of alcohol per litre of breath
  • in your blood is more than 50mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

To find out about your limit go to: Alcohol Limits - NZ Transport Agency

Drivers under 20 years

The alcohol limit for drivers aged under 20 years is zero.