Drunk Driving laws in South Africa

2012-12-24 10:30

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Driving while under the influence of alcohol in South Africa is not to be taken lightly. It is a very serious offence. The gravity of the charges should be enough to sober you up to its fatal consequences.

What is the acceptable blood alcohol limit?

The South African Road Traffic Act 93/96 has been in effect since March 1998. Whether you are driving in your home town or on roads foreign to you in a car hire vehicle, these laws are extremely important to obey. These laws are in place to help protect the community and to make sure that drunk drivers are reprimanded.

1 unit is equal to 0.02g blood alcohol - Source: Drunk Driving Laws in South Africa

Local Drunk Driving Laws in South Africa

No person on a public road shall:

The two-hour rule:

Breatherlizer and blood sample test

 If you are caught and suspected of being over the legally allowed amount of alcohol, traffic authorities are allowed to take a specimen of your breath which needs to be less than 0,24 milligrams per 1000 millilitres of breath at any time within two hours of the alleged contravention. Following this, if your exceed the allowed limit authorities are then allowed to detain you for further evaluation involving a blood test - you are not allowed to refuse this and the authorities are well within their rights to restrain you if necessary.

Being Caught driving under the influence in South Africa

This article first appeared on Drive South Africa

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