The Australian Transport Council this week released a discussion document calling for the national alcohol limit to be reduced to 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Some states, such as Victoria, already have a limit of 50mg, which is 30mg lower than New Zealand’s 80mg.
The council called for a “major shift in thinking by governments and the community”. It said in Sweden there was a 10 per cent reduction in drink-driving fatalities when the limit was cut from 50mg to 20mg.
At 20 mg, a woman who had a single glass of wine probably become a criminal if she drove afterwards. A male who had 2 beers over two hours would also probably be a criminal.