Spokesperson for the Department of Transport, Ishmael Mnisi, says rescheduling of drunken driving and not granting bail will be a wake-up call for drunken law offenders.
This follows a comment by the Transport Department that it is considering having drunk driving re-classified as a schedule 5 offence, meaning it will be in the same class as rape and murder.
Mnisi says those who drive drunk should know that the consequences for disobeying this rule are serious because the chances of killing someone are high.
The law offenders should know that once they transgress they are likely to be arrested, lose their licenses and they will obviously have a criminal record under their name.— Ishmael Mnisi, Spokesperson to Transport Minister Dipou Peters
People of South Africa have been calling for the minister to be harsh on negligent and reckless drivers.— Ishmael Mnisi, Spokesperson to Transport Minister Dipou Peters
We have been talking, we have been doing campaigns but still the law vindicates those that are found wanting...— Ishmael Mnisi, Spokesperson to Transport Minister Dipou Peters
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