‘I know when to stop’

2011-12-17 13:10

It’s a Saturday and 24-year-old Karabo Legoabe is heading home at 2am after a night out with a friend.
She doesn’t panic when she sees flashing blue lights in the distance – metro cops at this hour are a common sight and she only shared a bottle of wine.

“I don’t drink to get drunk but when I feel that I’m going over my limit, I’ll start drinking water,” says Legoabe.

She has come to accept roadblocks and getting pulled over randomly as routine in her three years of driving and having her own car.

Since she has a full day’s work ahead as a project officer, she doesn’t dare over-indulge on week days.

On weekends it’s a different story – partly because she has more options to get home safely.

If Legoabe feels like she is unfit to drive, her younger sister takes the wheel, or they will both wait it out until they feel they can get on the road.

Sometimes she sleeps over at a friend’s place to avoid roadblocks or an accident.

“In my three years of driving I now know that there’s a very fine line you walk before getting drunk and once you go over it, it’s a very bad idea to drive.

Plus if both my sisters are with me, I’ve got them to think about too. I can’t put their lives at risk,” she says.

As someone who considers herself to be a responsible novice driver, government’s plan to lower the legal alcohol limit to zero for drivers who have had their licences for three years or less puzzles Legoabe.

“If they make it zero, it means if I have one glass of wine and I get breathalysed along the way, I’ll get arrested.

That’s really unfair.

“If they want to make it a law, they should make it a general law for everyone and not just single out us who have been driving for three years or less.”

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