Common questions

How can I get out of a drink-driving charge NZ?

How can I get out of a drink-driving charge NZ?

To be discharged without conviction, the applicant has to prove the impact of conviction would outweigh the seriousness of the offence. A case can be dismissed for reasons including failings in police procedure, and inadmissible or insufficient evidence.

Is drink-driving an automatic disqualification?

Being guilty drunk in charge does not lead to automatic 12 months disqualification ( although it can at the discretion of the magistrates), but still results in 10 points on your licence.

What is the breath alcohol limit in NZ?

250 micrograms
In New Zealand, the alcohol limit for drivers aged 20 years and over is 250 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per litre of breath and the blood alcohol limit is 50 milligrams (mg) per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood.

Does drink-driving invalidate insurance NZ?

“However those with a single drink-driving conviction, which has occurred within the past three years, can take out insurance if they meet all other policy terms.” “Repeat driving infringements or convictions may mean motor vehicle insurance is declined, but may not affect contents insurance,” it said.

Is drink drive a criminal conviction?

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!

Do I have to tell insurance about drink driving?

You must inform your insurer as soon as possible after being convicted for drink driving and they will amend your policy to reflect your new circumstances.

Who pays if someone hits your car?

With car insurance, whoever is deemed responsible for the accident usually needs to pick up the bill. If someone hits your car and it wasn’t your fault, you’re generally entitled to compensation, even if you don’t have car insurance.

How does alcohol affect driving in New Zealand?

The second biggest contributing factor to road crashes in New Zealand, alcohol seriously affects your driving by slowing your reaction times and affecting your senses and judgement. Being a responsible driver means never driving when you’re over the permitted blood alcohol level as it may impair your judgement. The impact of alcohol on driving

Do you know the consequences of drink driving?

They know the drink-driving limits, the consequences of being stopped by Police and that drinking increases their chance of having a crash, but they’re still willing to take the chance. Everyone makes mistakes when driving but alcohol impairment can turn ordinary driving mistakes into serious events, sometimes tragic events.

How long can you drive with a zero alcohol licence?

If you have a zero alcohol licence, you need to drive for 3 years with a zero alcohol limit. If you’ve been banned from driving, you need to apply to get a new licence when the ban is lifted. You’ll have to prove you’ve dealt with your drug or alcohol problem before you can apply to have your indefinite disqualification lifted.

What to do when driving in New Zealand?

Get enough quality sleep before you drive, especially if you’ve just arrived in New Zealand after a long flight. Take a break from driving every two hours. If possible, share the driving with someone else. Avoid driving during the hours when you would normally be sleeping. Avoid large meals, which can make you tired, and drink plenty of fluid.

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