Legal limit stays at .05

THE Coffs Coast may have some of the worst drink drive records in NSW but State politicians are not keen to change the legal alcohol limit.

The NSW Government yesterday said they had no plans to lower the drink-driving blood alcohol limit from 0.05 to 0.02.

This followed an NRMA survey of almost 1000 motorists in NSW on the weekend that found 42 per cent supported reducing the blood-alcohol limit for drivers to 0.02 per cent, while 48 per cent opposed it.

If introduced, the reduction would mean many motorists could not have a single alcoholic drink and legally drive.

The survey follows moves north of our border in Queensland to reduce the legal blood-alcohol concentration to 0.02 per cent.

“We have no plans in NSW to move towards this,” said Transport Minister David Campbell.

“We will watch with interest, the debate in Queensland, and I’ll watch with interest how far the NRMA’s promotion of this goes.”

NRMA president Wendy Machin said the community is divided on this issue and it is important that the Government present all the evidence before changing the law.

“While the NRMA will look at any proposal that aims to make our roads safer, we have some reservations about such a policy,” Ms Machin said.



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