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Alcohol in New Zealand road trauma

Leung, Joanne (Peer reviewed)

Crashes - Analysis


Alcohol impaired driving is one of the major contributing factors for fatal and serious crashes in New Zealand. To curb the high level of road trauma resulting from drink-driving, a Compulsory Breath Test (CBT) programme was introduced in 1993 and a Supplementary Road Safety Package, that focused primarily on drink-driving and speeding, was introduced in 1995/96 to enhance road safety enforcement and advertising activities. These interventions have resulted in a substantial reduction in alcohol-related road trauma. The proportion of fatal crashes that are alcohol-related fell from 40% in 1991 to 26% in 2001. This paper discusses three drink-driving interventions during this period and discusses their impacts.