The Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC) is delighted that figures show that there has been a reduction in teenage drink-drive convictions almost a year after the zero alcohol limit was brought in for the under-20s. The committee recommended a zero tolerance approach to alcohol in its special report on alcohol related deaths. The report found alcohol had been a factor in 31 percent of motor vehicle deaths of children and young people in New Zealand during 2007.
The zero alcohol limit for teen drivers was brought in on 7 August last year. There have been 3091 drink drive convictions for 15 to 19 year olds in the first nine months of the new law coming into force. This compares to 6414 in the 12 months before the law change.
An article on the topic can be found on the Stuff website.
Further information can be found in the CYMRC special report on alcohol related deaths below.