The New Zealand compulsory breath testing experience

After an eight year history of random stopping, random breath testing, labelled as compulsory breath testing (CBT), was introduced in New Zealand on 1 April 1993. The legislation also introduced low blood and breath alcohol limits for drivers under 20 years of age and allowed the use of passive alcohol sensors. Virtually all CBT activity involves the use of passive alcohol sensors. While the monthly targets for drivers stopped were not being reached early on, they are being reached now. Most advertising activity occurred between 21 March and 20 June, with a two week burst in August. There has been no obvious impact of CBT on the incidence of fatal accidents, though rural fatal accidents appear to have dropped at, the beginning of 1993. Reported injury data is still not complete. An examination of different accident ratio measures indicates a possible decrease in alcohol related accidents in the five main urban areas but not elsewhere. There is some evidence that checkpoints are not signed sufficiently. Overall there is strong community support for CBT.


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  • Pagination: 101-16
  • Monograph Title: The road toll - is it a way of life? Managing road safety in Victoria

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  • Accession Number: 01434940
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 730622266
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 6:42PM