Drink drive bill passes first reading

A Member's bill aimed at facilitating the prosecution of drink-drivers has passed its first reading in Parliament.

The bill in the name of Coromandel MP Scott Simpson allows a positive breath test to be used as evidence in a prosecution.

Currently, such a test result is not admissible in evidence if the suspect has chosen to have a blood test.

The bill was passed by 105 votes to 15, with the Green and Mana parties opposing it.

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