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Alcohol’s real impact

Monday November 11, 2019 Written by Published in Health

After two or three drinks, studies show motorists are less safe on the road – but also, that their judgement is so impaired they think they can have another drink or two then get on their bike and ride home.


There are still places available this week on a free  ground-breaking course for community members wanting to save themselves or their loved ones from arrest, injury or death. It is run by two ambulance paramedics and two police from New Zealand – and they will use special impairment goggles to demonstrate  the impact of just a few drinks.

Road Safety Council member Brent Fisher said the experiment was eye-opening. The goggles simulated the impact of having a blood alcohol content of 250mcg (the New Zealand limit) or 400 mcg (the Cook Islands limit). With them on, Fisher said, people were unable to safely perform simple tasks like carrying a jug of water around a room.

• To attend one of the one-day courses beginning Tuesday, phone Brent Fisher on 55154 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enrol.

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