Zero alcohol or prosecution for drivers

By Drum Digital
03 February 2015

The department of transport has proposed a zero alcohol level for all drivers.

The Department of Transport has proposed a new bill in which drivers of vehicles will be prosecuted for drinking beyond an alcohol limit of zero.

This is one of the changes that are looking to be introduced in the  draft of the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill that has been submitted for public comment last week.

Currently, drivers are only allowed to have 0.05 grams per 100ml of blood or 0.02 grams per 100ml for professional drivers.

Founder and Director of South Africans Against Drink Driving (SADD), Caro Smit has accepted the proposed bill but thinks that there is still a need for stern punishment for drinking and driving.

"Merely changing the level to zero will not mean people will stop drink driving," she told DRUM.

"A zero level must be followed through with rigorous enforcement i.e. frequent random testing, good paper work that stands up in court,and swift appearances in court. When high conviction rates result, only then will drink driving decrease," she adds.

The bill is still open to public comment and scrutiny, the public has been given until the 27th of February to have their say.

A parliamentary process also needs to be adhered to before the bill can be passed into law.

To view the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill draft, follow the link below


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