Drunk Driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa. Research indicates that 50% of people who die on the roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 gram per 100 millilitres.
The National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), Act 93 of 1996 as amended.
Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug having narcotic effect, or with excessive amount of alcohol in blood or breath: 1. 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 under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limits:
Concentration of alcohol in blood: 0,05 gram per 100 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,02 gram per 100 millilitres.
Breath alcohol content: 0,24 milligrams per 1000 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,10 milligrams per 1000 millilitres.
What if you are caught?
If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol (above the limit), you have committed a criminal offence. This will involve the following:
- Being arrested
- Having to appear in Court
- Possible being found guilty of driving under the influence, a fine of up to R120,000.00 or imprisonment, or both
- Having your driving licence suspended
- Having a permanent criminal record
There are however many Lawyers who specialise in drunk driving cases, and if you are caught, it is suggested that you approach a Lawyer to find out what your options are BEFORE pleading guilty in Court.