Drinking and driving a big problem on city roads

2019-08-28 06:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Department of Transport says road safety is a collective responsibility and it will not tolerate drivers who do not respect the rules of the road and the law.

This was said by Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) director Victor Chetty at a media briefing held recently at the Alcohol Evident Centre (AEC). The centre was built earlier this year in partnership with South African Breweries (SAB) and is equipped with all the necessary equipment required by law-enforcement officials to accurately and efficiently determine the breath alcohol level of a person suspected of driving under the influence.

Since the centre came into operation in March, 446 cases have been undertaken in Pietermaritzburg alone, and 372 of those cases were done using the Evidential Breathalyser Alcohol Test (EBAT). About 70 cases have been finalised in the court and drivers were convicted.

Chetty said about 15 to 20 traffic officers have been assigned to road blocks and dealing with drunk-driving cases. He noted: “We might not have enough resources but we are doing everything we can to use them wisely. We are reclaiming our roads and bringing back the dignity to our roads. Drinking and driving is on the top of the list of the things that cause accidents on our roads.”

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