Berg threat: drunks to lose cars

2010-05-27 00:00

MOTORISTS caught driving drunk on the roads in the Ukhahlamba district during the World Cup will have their vehicles confiscated for the duration.

The district’s chief traffic officer, Thembinkosi Langa, promised harsh punishment for drunk drivers to protect international tourists.

The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site and a “favourite destination for tourists”, Langa said, “If German or American tourists are involved in an accident with a (local) drunk driver what reputation would give our South Africa to those countries?” he asked.

He said the campaign will start on June 1.

“If we charge for offences and give them their vehicles back, they will definitely commit the same offence again. So the solution will be for us to keep their vehicles,” said Langa.

Colin Govender, a spokesperson for the provincial Transport Department, said impounding vehicles is illegal.

“There is no legal provision for the impounding of vehicles for the duration of the 2010 World Cup.

“It was not provided for in law because the offender is the driver and not the vehicle,” said Govender.

He said his department will continue to enforce laws stringently against drunk drivers.

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