Driver Impairment (Ongoing)

To better understand issues associated with impaired driving, the AA Research Foundation has commissioned several studies from RIDNZ (Researching Impaired Driving in New Zealand) on use of alcohol interlock devices as well as impaired driving offences. 

Mandatory alcohol interlocks in New Zealand (2019)

On 1 July 2018, new legislation came into force in New Zealand which requires judges to sentence high-risk drink drivers to an alcohol interlock. The AA Research Foundation (AARF) wanted to understand how successful the new mandatory alcohol interlock legislation has been.

The AA Research Foundation commissioned Gerald Waters from Reducing Impaired Driving in New Zealand to undertake two studies looking at the numbers of people being sentenced to an interlock since the law change and also reviewing the interlock process to see how many of those sentenced were going on to obtain an interlock licence.

Research Reports

The first six months of mandatory alcohol interlock sentences in New Zealand

The New Zealand Alcohol Interlock Programme - A Process Review

 

First year of alcohol interlocks in New Zealand (2014)

Alcohol interlocks (in-car breath testing equipment that disables a vehicle if alcohol is detected) became a sentencing option in September 2012. Repeat drink drivers (2+ offences within 5 years) and people caught at double the alcohol limit (0.16 BAC) can be given an interlock sentence by a judge. The offender is usually required to pay the costs of about $2500 a year for the interlock.

This research project examined the use of alcohol interlocks as a sentencing option one year after they were enabled in legislation.

Read the research report:

The New Zealand Alcohol Interlock Program: A review of the first year as a sentencing option for high risk drivers.

This project was instigated to contribute to the Ministry of Transport's review of impaired driving penalties (including interlocks).

 

Recidivist drink drivers (2013)

This research project looked into the characteristics of recidivist drink-drivers.

The research found that over half the drink-drivers caught in recent years had previous convictions.

Read the research report:

Drink/Drug Driving Data 2009-2012 and Preliminary Report on Interlock Uptake in New Zealand.

 

AA position on drink driving

Read about the AA's views on drink driving and use of alcohol interlocks:

The AA's Election Calls in 2017 included calling for at least 5,000 high-risk drink drivers to have an alcohol interlock installed each year.

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