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Over 200 New Zealand drunk drivers ordered to fit alcohol interlocks to vehicles

Over 200 New Zealand drunk drivers ordered to fit alcohol interlocks to vehicles

In New Zealand, since September 2012, repeat drunk drivers and first-time offenders convicted of driving with double the limit of blood-alcohol level can be given a sentence that includes a restriction to drive only vehicles fitted with alcohol interlocks.

Courts have handed down 242 alcohol interlock sentences to 220 offenders, with the New Zealand Transport Agency issuing 77 interlock licenses.

There are more sanctions given than the number of offenders because there are cases when more than one sanction is imposed on one offender.

The offenders have been ordered to apply for a $200 Alcohol Interlock License, a pink license that authorises holders to drive only cars that have the breathalyser-like device installed.

 

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