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Alcohol related crashes are an area of high concern and identified as a major road safety issue throughout the cluster. SWDC and CDC - Number of alcohol related crashes higher than National Average.

  • Alcohol and Drugs Crash Facts
  • In 2014, there were 233 Alcohol/Drug Driving Offences in Wairarapa
  • 94 of those offences were people driving with a breath alcohol level over 400 mcgs per litre of breath

Drive sober

  • Everyone's perception of how much they can drink is different, but the law is precise: if you're over 20 years of age the legal blood alcohol limit for driving is no more than 50 milligrams of alcohol for every 100mls of blood.

  • There is a zero alcohol limit if you are under 20. That means if you drive after consuming even one drink, you can be charged with drink-driving.

  • Be prepared: if you're planning on drinking, plan not to drive.

  • Don't go along with other people's bad decisions to drive while they're impaired by alcohol or drugs.

See more guidelines from the Alcohol Advisory Council 



Drug Driving Laws - Are you safe to drive? 

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if the drugs you are taking could affect your driving ability. It is illegal to drive while impaired by drugs – even legally prescribed drugs. This page contains questions and answers on legislation to combat drug impaired driving:

Check to see if you are safe to drive Here. If you aren't sure, check with your GP. 



Great Mates Drive Sober

Annual Great Mates Drive Sober Campaign (December) including distribution of drink coasters to liquor outlets throughout the Wairarapa, printed material in local papers, radio messaging and Billboard messaging.

Great Mates Drive Sober campaign



Last Choice

The "Last Choice" crash car - A community resource that explains the events leading up to a fatal road crash, the actual car involved in the crash is displayed on a trailer with story boards of the last few hours before the crash. Reinforces the importance of making the right choices at the right time. READ MORE >>

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