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Johannesburg - The government plans to implement a total ban on alcohol consumption by drivers, it was reported on Friday.

An inter-ministerial committee on alcohol and substance abuse, led by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, had decided to approach Cabinet to present a case for zero tolerance of alcohol on roads, the Sowetan reported.

At the moment, motorists may have up to 0.05ml of alcohol in their blood.

Transport department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso told the newspaper drivers were continuing to disregard the alcohol limit.

"Medical research has shown that a drop of alcohol [in the blood] leads to [drivers] not being able to control their vehicles. Most accidents are caused by drunk people on our roads."

He said the department also supported the banning of alcohol advertising as it made people drink more and attracted new drinkers.

Social development department spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said the draft bill would be presented to Cabinet before public comment was sought.

Automobile Association of SA spokesperson Gary Ronald told The Sowetan a total ban on alcohol for drivers in Brazil had led to a 30% drop in road fatalities and injuries.

- SAPA
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