Government seeks to ban alcohol on SA roads

The Department of Transport is proposing a complete ban, which is zero alcohol levels, for drivers. The proposal is outlined in the draft National Road Traffic Amendment Bill. The bill states:

“No person shall on a public road (a) drive a vehicle or (b) occupy the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle the engine of which is running while there is a concentration of alcohol in any specimen of blood taken from any part of his/her body”

The current limit for drivers is 0,05 ml of alcohol in their blood, which equates to roughly 500 ml of beer or a glass of wine.

The bill was first proposed in 2011 by then Minister of Transport, S’bu Ndebele who had been in meetings with the Automobile Association in 2 years before it was proposed in Parliament.

Xolani spoke to Professor Charles Parry of the Medical Research Unit who has been quoted as saying ‘an analysis of alcohol control policies has found that there is a correlation between consumption and restriction, the more regulation the less people drank’.

While Parry supports the bill in principle, he recommends a 0.02ml limit because it’s possible to get a positive reading from certain medications or even eating chocolate with a little bit of alcohol in it.

We need to separate drinking and driving because the damage is so great we need to do something differently to what we’re doing at the moment

Professor Charles Parry, Medical Research Unit

Parry also recommended that the government reconsiders what sanctions they implement for those who are found with alcohol in their blood.

Justice Project SA Chairperson, Howard Dembovsky also joined Xolani on the radio to express his emphatic agreement with Professor Parry.

I don't think we would be creating any confusion whatsoever in telling people 'you may not drink and drive' because effectively a level of 0.02 would be equivalent to less than one beer so it would be very clear to people that they may not drink and drive

Justice Project South Africa Chairperson, Howard Dembovsky

Listen to Xolani Gwala's conversation with both Professor Charles Parry and Howard Dembovsky.

The bill is currently out for public comment and Dembovsky encourages 702land to make their contribution to the bill before it's passed.

Read More
Unilever and Department of Education collaborate to improve hygiene in schools

Unilever and Department of Education collaborate to improve hygiene in schools

The initiative will be rolled out in September at 15 000 public primary schools says Angie Motshekga.

The spies at Saxonwold

The spies at Saxonwold

Associates of the Gupta family spied on Julius Malema, Trevor Manuel and his wife, Maria Ramos.

Denosa vehemently denies torching the South African Nursing Council property

Denosa vehemently denies torching the South African Nursing Council property

Denosa's grievances began when a leaked exam paper was cancelled resulting in students told they would need to rewrite the paper.

Grieving Ekurhuleni mother thankful for support during mortuary ordeal

Grieving Ekurhuleni mother thankful for support during mortuary ordeal

Colleen Duister buried her child last week Friday and the family is starting to pick up the pieces after the mortuary strike saga.

Cape NGOs gather to tackle WC child murders

Cape NGOs gather to tackle WC child murders

Several Western Cape nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) met on Friday in an effort to discuss solutions to child murders.

Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe claims Karabo Mokoena took her own life

Murder accused Sandile Mantsoe claims Karabo Mokoena took her own life

Karabo Mokoena's alleged killer painted himself as the victim in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, reports Hitekani Magwedze.

Popular articles
Students not coping with current curriculum, innovation is needed

Students not coping with current curriculum, innovation is needed

Curriculum expert, Bronwen Willson-Thompson, says the majority of students are not coping with the existing curriculum.

Exciting times for cricket fans with the announcement of the T20 Global League

Exciting times for cricket fans with the announcement of the T20 Global League

Cricket South Africa (CSA) launched its new T20 Global League on Monday in London.

Popping the big question soon? Here's how you can plan your perfect proposal

Popping the big question soon? Here's how you can plan your perfect proposal

Pippa Lund and her team are here to ensure your planned marriage proposal is nothing short of amazing.

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer explains the symptoms, treatments and tips for people who suffer panic attacks.

Insurance companies could hit you hard for an accident you didn't cause

Insurance companies could hit you hard for an accident you didn't cause

Legal advisor at RBS explains insurance companies 80/20 rule that holds motorists equally liable for accidents caused.

Don't be rude: 5 ways to practice cell phone etiquette

Don't be rude: 5 ways to practice cell phone etiquette

It's important to confront friends and family if they seem distracted by their phones, says Afro Protocol founder Courtenay Carey.

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs to follow up on special dispensation permit for Zimbabweans in SA

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says her department will respond to all Zimbabweans under special dispensation.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...