13 Aug 2012

Govt to publicise start date for drink-drive measures

2:07 pm on 13 August 2012

New measures to stop drink-drivers reoffending, including breathalyser locks in cars and zero-alcohol licences for repeat offenders, are set to be unveiled by the Government this week.

A spokesperson for Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges has confirmed that he will reveal start-dates for the new sentencing options on Wednesday.

These measures were originally announced by then Transport Minister Stephen Joyce two years ago.

The alcohol interlock is a dashboard breathalyser that can stop the car from starting if it detects alcohol in the driver.

Judges will be able to order the use of alcohol interlocks and zero alcohol limits from later this year for repeat drink-drivers and some first-time offenders convicted of driving when over twice the legal limit.

The offender will have to pay an alcohol interlock licence fee of $200, and pay for the device's installation and a monthly lease.

Zero alcohol licences will cost $66.