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Effect of intoxication on duty and standard of care

49 Effect of intoxication on duty and standard of care

(1) The following principles apply in connection with the effect that a person's intoxication has on the duty and standard of care that the person is owed--
(a) in determining whether a duty of care arises, it is not relevant to consider the possibility or likelihood that a person may be intoxicated or that a person who is intoxicated may be exposed to increased risk because the person's capacity to exercise reasonable care and skill is impaired as a result of being intoxicated,
(b) a person is not owed a duty of care merely because the person is intoxicated,
(c) the fact that a person is or may be intoxicated does not of itself increase or otherwise affect the standard of care owed to the person.
(2) This section applies in place of a provision of section 74 of the Motor Accidents Act 1988 or section 138 of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 to the extent of any inconsistency between this section and the provision.

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