Probe after driver is let off

2010-05-25 00:00

IN response to the article “I should have been convicted” in Weekend Witness on May 22, the MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Willies Mchunu, yesterday called for a “full investigation” of the issue.

Bradley Lloyd (48) was found not guilty in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on May 14, after he was found to be driving with a blood alcohol level two and a half times over the legal limit on December 8 last year.

Since the article’s publication, Lloyd has now insisted that, although he was two and a half times over the limit and had four quarts of beer that night, he was not drunk. “I want to deny the fact that I was drunk.”

Although Lloyd confirmed consuming three litres of alcohol that night, he said he used the words “guilty as sin” to describe what would have happened had the investigation been properly conducted.

He said he felt compelled to speak out about his experience, not to cast aspersion on the department’s ability to nab drunk drivers, but rather to ensure that drivers who are more drunk than he was, do not cause harm on the roads.

Despite Lloyd’s new insistence that he was not drunk but simply over the legal limit, Caro Smit from South Africans Against Drunk Driving confirmed drinking three litres of beer would have made Lloyd 10 times more likely to be involved in a motor accident.

According to the spokesperson Lungile Ndlovu, the department could not reveal the details of the investigation as it was ongoing.

A legal advisor has confirmed Lloyd cannot be recharged for drunk driving as he was acquitted, however, there may be repercussions should it be found he lied in court. 

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