Gauteng’s?anti-drinking law is a ‘negative move’

2013-10-21 00:00

ANTI-DRINKING and driving organisations have expressed concerns that plans by the Gauteng Department of Community Safety to arrest people merely for drinking in public, is a negative move that will serve to increase unemployment.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and Justice Project SA said in a joint statement it is true that intoxicated pedestrians account for a high number of people killed or injured on the roads. They said they disapprove of people drinking or being under the influence of alcohol in public places.

However, prosecuting these people so they get criminal records will only ensure that more people — particularly those from poorer communities — are unable to find employment.

They were responding to the Gauteng department’s comments on Twitter and Facebook that passengers who drink in vehicles or people found walking under the influence of alcohol will face arrest.

The organisations said there could be other negative effects such as people stopping the use of “designated drivers” lest they get arrested for violating the Gauteng Liquor Act.

The head of SADD, Caro Smit, described the move as a “silly and pointless exercise which does not address the real problem of driving under the influence of alcohol”. — Witness Reporter.

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