Legal alcohol limit to be reduced

2012-08-04 14:11

Johannesburg - Proposed amendments to the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill could see the blood alcohol level of a driver drop from 0.05g/100ml to 0.02g/100ml, it was reported on Saturday.

This would mean that a person may not even have a full 340ml beer before driving, the Beeld reported.

Gary Ronald from the Automobile Association (AA) told the newspaper that 0.02g / 100ml was equivalent to 25ml of vodka or brandy or 75ml of wine.

"Drunk driving is one of the main causes on accidents on our roads. Never mind pedestrians who drink and then try to cross the road," Ronald was quoted as saying.

He said the AA was in favour of the amendment.

The public has until 18 August to comment on the amendment bill.

  • beverley.oflynn1 - 2012-08-04 14:19


      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:07

      Yes - let the ANC keep on irritating the people - they will soon click what it means to live in a nanny state where what you think, eat, drink, consume, have sex with, drive, get excited about, etc. will all be controlled by teh state

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-08-04 14:20

    I don't drink and drive, it's just not worth it, but we have such poor (non-existent) public transport I am not sure how this will stop people. The truth is taxis kill more people and drunk pedestrians make up a large part of the problem. Again SA implementing a law which they can't police, will target a specific sector of society and make little or no difference to the road toll.

  • anton.coetzee.37 - 2012-08-04 16:02

    sometimes the policeman charging you had more to drink than you! they drink and drive i drink before i drive!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:14

      Yes and why dont the state rather go directly after those bastard winemakers and their conspiring workers who push the alcohol in the first place . . . . . . .

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-08-04 16:03

    what's with the wiping out of all the comments from News24?

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-04 16:19

      Glad you noticed,very strange!

      IcemanGP - 2012-08-04 16:24

      Noticed that too, so much for freedom of speech.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-04 16:53

      As I was saying ...I don’t see the point of this legislation. As things stand, we have some of the toughest laws in the world regarding drinking and driving which have never been fully enforced. What is the point in reducing the drink drive limit if the current tough laws are not enforced? We are going to have even more “drunk” people driving around while lawmakers congratulate themselves on a job well done. This will also lead to a spike in the collection of bribes at around dinner time on the roads because just about everyone with be eligible for arrest but this will be completely impractical.

  • justin.vanniekerk - 2012-08-04 16:08

    ah, no stress, I know my back roads well ;)

      Lennon Chenga - 2012-08-04 16:12


  • kim.buren - 2012-08-04 16:15

    SAP going to make a fortune now

      phillip.havenga - 2012-08-04 20:05

      victor the world also traps speeders but not for profit like out bush pigs. They do it to slow down the speeders.

      eloise.botha - 2012-08-04 20:11

      Other parts of the world dont have potholes..... Maybe they should fix that first, I know of more people that died of the poor road conditions than alcohol

  • bruno.galletti1 - 2012-08-04 16:17

    get ride of this government and its corrupt politicians people will automatically drink less!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:22

      Absolutely !

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-04 16:34

    There should be no legal limit at all. Driving and alcohol should be criminalized. It cost the state/ tax payers money to much in court fees to prosecute offenders who 9/10 get away with it. The only people who do not get away are the numbers of innocent road users who are injured and die due to drivers who drive under the influence. A worker is not allowed to operate any form of heavy machinery under any influence of alcohol and drugs, why is it any different for any person, a motor vehicle is a form of heavy machinery. Why do drinkers have more rights then non drinkers?

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:38

      We should all be punished because you cant drink responsibly ?

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-08-04 18:33

      press: You got it wrong, it is about driving responsibly. You drink, you are responsible, that is you are responsible for the outcomes!!!!!!!!!!!

  • robbie.aspeling - 2012-08-04 16:38

    This is becoming pathetic... most people that are killed are DRUNK pedestrians.. so why don't they just ban alcohol completely..oh sorry, they make too much money out of the taxes on it!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:44

      You realise you are arguing that it is more danegerous to walk if you had a few to many - and this governmnet now wants to force you to walk . . . .

  • alta.havenga.50 - 2012-08-04 16:39

    Good. we need job creation. I will drive you to the pub / braai and back @ R100.00 R100.00 is better than spending the night in the cells. A.J.

  • ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-08-04 16:41

    This is very good surely this law will reduce incidents and accidents associated with alcohol. We should applaud this because so many orphans and disabilities are the results of alcohol abuse

  • reubenk3 - 2012-08-04 16:41

    it is a great idea, but all the same it won't diminish the level of road fatalities we come across daily. People need to be responsible, hence they will also follow the rules of the road.

  • press.enter.12 - 2012-08-04 16:48

    And now news24 are even removing the complaints about posts being removed (read sensored) - c'mon small minded humorless twit - show your face . . .

  • Christi Vaughn Roestorff - 2012-08-04 17:00

    Won't do a thing to stop fatalities! You have to police all offences equally!!!!

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-08-04 17:04

    Whoops, had to read the entire article to realise there was no 'age' in the heading...

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-04 17:19

    Its still not going to stop people drinking and driving but a person caught on the limit is not drunk - they have exceeded the legal limit. So when does a person become drunk and unfit to drive.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-08-04 17:43

    People posting comments here r so negative when cigarettes companies were forced to put dangers of smoking on their packets millions of people stopped smoking the r people who will abide by the rules and those who won't and anyway its its ur responsibility to look after ur self remember ur drinking might kill someone innocent

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-08-04 17:48

    It won't change a thing. Those who drink and drive will continue. They don't care now so lowering the limit won't change that. They will just continue to take the chance like they do now until they get caught or have an accident. Decent public transport that operates 24/7 may be the answer but I don't see that happening.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-08-04 18:05

    Why don't they jus' go ahead and make the limit 0 (zero). Save us a few R100K in legal jargon fees and make the testing a lot easier. Suspend the licenses of those who get caught and close the pubs down. If you want to have a drink, stay at home and/or plan for a designated driver in advance, or hire a taxi. Take the youths to the police station and let their parents/guardians come and bail them out. Keep it plain

      victor.tamaranui - 2012-08-04 18:34

      Nice idea, Many countries have ZERO tolerance. Adults need to be disciplined.

  • zibele.bala1 - 2012-08-04 18:42

    I don't think it will make a change

  • godesha - 2012-08-04 19:10

    I don't disagree with the proposed limit and personally have no time for people who drink and drive, but what is being done about the taxis that seem to be out of control. It would be interesting to see the stats on how many road fatalities are caused by taxis vs driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-08-04 19:17

    Dats gud i guess it will b zero limit sooner. De government is nt aware dat above 95% of serious accidents are coursed by over speeding always,drunk and driving followed by sleeping and driving den de rest de main one dat need to be solved early usage of phones while driving. No excuse 4 all dis isues instead of jailing dis pple dey r being fined. I plea 4 harsh sentences 4 dem realy.

  • dave.ducker.3 - 2012-08-04 19:21

    Perhaps people should also learn to drive and the law enforced, not just speed traps and road bloacks, reducing the limit will not have any positive effect on accidents or deaths.

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-08-04 19:23

    Der should be no tolerance to over speeding pliz govrnmnt give sentences not fines to overspeeders and racers on public roads.

  • samuelk.mohlakoana - 2012-08-04 19:24

    Der should be no tolerance to over speeding pliz govrnmnt give sentences not fines to overspeeders and racers on public roads.

  • mandy.robinson.5074 - 2012-08-04 19:48

    One wouldn't mind if this was actually a concerted effort by the powers that be to stop the senseless loss of lives on our roads. Sadly, we all know what is behind this move, another way to legally extort money.

  • comurray - 2012-08-04 20:34

    Good news at last. I can see taxis being pulled off the road left, right and centre. Oh, sorry these drivers never drink and drive well so they say.

  • dejaay.heineken - 2012-08-04 21:42

    Come on ppl we are not da same cos I can drink 24 of 340ml castle lite and drive again for abt 300km so da goverment must not put us on da foot of ppl dat can't drink! Its better if they say once if u can't drink n drive just don't take a chance pls! We are da old drunk responsible master dat had a clear history! Cumn our gorverment don't make us not to vote 4u!

  • gjfnicholson - 2012-08-04 22:10

    What's the difference? I've seen sober people drive worse than those with alcohol in them. We're becoming a nanny state!

  • Moagi Mohohlo - 2012-08-05 07:51

    No problem reducing the limit although I would rather not encourage. This will impact on the lives and little pleasures people enjoy in celebrating life's offerings: birth, confirmation, circumcision, graduation, marriage etc. The problem lies with issuing of driver's licenses. Many people and youngsters go for code 10 (C1) because it is easier than code 8 (EB) - no 3 point parking test. The people would not have vehicles but licensed without gaining experience. Such people know how to move a machine but will not know what to do should a toddler walk in the road. Authorities should look at applicants starting first with EB and graduating to EC. Like Pilots, several km should be clocked per year to qualify to drive on certain roads. Just a suggestion.

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