Take Action

On the spot - take action immediately

Stopping someone from getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking could save their life and the lives of innocent others.

If it is an emergency - call 111 and provide the details to emergency services.

If it is safe to do so, take their keys off them and offer to find them a safe ride home.

If the risk of drink driving is associated with a licensed premise - advise the licensee or duty manager of the risk and remind them of their duties to support safe transport options. 

If the person has been drinking on a licensed premise and appears intoxicated then report the incident to the local licensing team and/or Police.  See the Licensing section for more information.

Be a positive role model

Always drive sober and encourage members of your family/whanau to do likewise.

If you are hosting a family/whanau gathering or event, be a responsible host – e.g. make it alcohol-free, or have a range of alcohol-free options available, arrange a place for people to stay or a safe ride home if they’ve been drinking.  See Places and Events for more information on planning events.

Spread the word

Take opportunities as they arise to discuss drink-driving, its risks and consequences with your family/whanau.

Develop some safety protocols/kawa with your family/whānau.  These can focus on how to avoid the risks of drinking and driving, and having a plan to get home safely should that be necessary.

Start a group or if you are already part of a group or network you can plan initiatives to reduce drinking and driving in your community. ​For more information on doing this see Mobilising Others.

Assist people to get the help they need

If you have any concerns about someone you know who is drinking and driving assist them or their family to get professional help.

Help can be reached at your GP/local medical centre, school counsellor or local Community Alcohol and Drug Service.

The Alcohol and Drug Helpline is a useful starting point for anyone who has concerns about their own or others drinking. They will be able to support you towards the best course of action and local services including youth services - 0800 787 797.

Advocate to increase the number of random breath tests

To ensure our drink driving limits are effective, we need to enforce them. However, random breath test numbers have been declining substantially and we need to increase them to the point of one test per year per licensed driver. That would mean around 3 million tests per year. A lot more than what we are currently doing.

Speak to your local MP about this issue.

Change the wider environment to change our drinking culture

By reducing the amount of alcohol consumed, we can help reduce drink driving.

The most effective measures to reduce the amount we drink are listed below. Read each section to find out how you can take action on these environmental factors that support low-risk drinking.

You can mobilise others to: