SA - worst in the world for drunk driving

2017-07-05 06:01

AN international survey undertaken in 2015 revealed that South Africa had the highest number of drunk driving incidents at 58% with Canada next on 34% and China the least on 4%.

There is a concerted effort by SAPS, other State and provincial authorities, to reduce this extremely high rate, which is one of the major causes of the country's frightening road death and injuries statistics.

According to a SAPS website on zero tolerance against drinking and driving it can take only one drink to be over the limit.

As a driver your blood may not legally have an alcohol content of more than 0.05%.

This means if you have more than 350ml of beer, more than a single tot of brandy or other spirit, you may already be over the limit. These levels of alcohol will remain in your system for up to eight hours after consumption. Do not take chances - if you are stopped and caught by law enforcement officers driving over the legal limit you will be arrested and charged with driving under the influence of liquor.

This could lead to being held in custody until bail is posted, you could face a minimum fine of R2 000 or a two-year prison sentence of both and could lose your driver's licence or have it suspended.

And you will have a criminal record with all the negative implications on family and career for your entire life.

So cut down on that drinking or stay where you are until you have sobered up, or arrange for alternative transport home from wherever you plan to drink, and make such plans in advance so not to be stranded.

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