“Imagine not allowed to refuse this and the authorities

“Imagine that one bad decision you have made has cost
someone else’s life. You have taken away a father, a mother. A Grandmother and
Grandfather’s Granddaughter. A Brother’s sister. An Aunt and Uncle’s niece. How
would you feel? ”

Drunk driving,  refers
to operating a motor vehicle while a person’s blood alcohol content is above
the legal limit set by law, which supposedly is the level at which a person
cannot drive safely. The behaviour of drinking and driving may result in
various negative and disturbing effects. For one, it is one of the main causes
of accidents. They may be affected emotionally by the trauma of accidents.
Other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians may be injured and emotionally
traumatized in accidents as well. But beyond that, there is the emotional suffering
to family members and friends who may lose loved ones or have to cope with
severely injured loved ones.

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Drunk driving is currently one of the biggest threats to
Road Safety in South Africa. More than 21,000 people have been arrested on our
roads in the last year as a result of drinking and driving and it has been
shown that 50% of people who die on our roads are driving under the influence. Any
person driving on South African roads should be familiar with the local drunk
driving laws in South Africa. Here’s a summary of the laws: No person on a
public road shall: Occupy a driver’s seat of a vehicle, the engine of which is
running, while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Occupy a driver’s seat
of a motor vehicle, while the engine is running, while the concentration of
alcohol in any sample of blood taken from the driver is not less than 0.05
grams per 100 millilitres. If you are caught and suspected of being over the
legally allowed amount of alcohol, traffic authorities are allowed to take a
sample 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 consumption of
alcohol . Following this, if your exceed the allowed limit authorities are then
allowed to keep you for further assessment involving a blood test, you are not
allowed to refuse this and the authorities have the rights to imprison you if
necessary.

 Getting caught
driving under the influence of alcohol means you will need to appear in court.
If you’re found guilty, you could face up to 6 years in jail. You could also be
liable for fines of up to R120 000 and your driver’s license may be suspended.
You will also have a criminal record which can have serious consequences for
the rest of your life. What will happen if you are caught over the limit?
Members of the South African Police Service, the various Metropolitan Police
Departments and other law-enforcement agencies are more often conducting road
blocks to discourage people from drinking and driving. If you are stopped at
such a roadblock, and if it is determined that you have consumed more than the
legal limit of alcohol that you may legally consume while driving, you will be
arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of Liquor. You will be
held in custody until you are able to post bail but in certain occasions the
bail may be denied. Depending on previous sentences against you, as well as the
circumstances surrounding your arrest, you  will face a minimum fine of R2 000 or a
two-year prison sentence, or both. You may also lose your driver’s licence, or
have it suspended. And, of course, you will have a criminal record!

Drunk driving accidents is a terrifying event that often
leads to physical harm and in many cases, people lose their life. When people
go through such the experience and survive, they at risk of developing
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The driver will experience flashbacks of
what happened at the crash scene, often remembering the nightmare that has changed
their lives forever. These memories often appear when they ride or drive a car,
or when they see images that remind them of the accident, or even when reading
about similar incidents in the paper or on the Internet. Losing a loved one due
to another person’s negligence causes strong emotions, especially anger

Tips on how to avoid drinking and driving first thing anyone
can do is make the choice themselves not to drink and drive. Educating the
youth, your personal family members as well as youth within your community is
very important. They must know the dangers of drinking and driving as well as
the legal consequences of these actions. Volunteer with an organization to end
drinking and driving, this will help you to reach out to more individuals and
get the word across about the dangers of drinking and driving. There is the
need to have citizens educated on the effects and consequences of drinking and
driving. This way, they understand that driving and drinking is and should not
be an option. In case one is in a party or a club and, may take alcohol it is
advisable to have a driver to drive them home. Alternatively, it would be
better to take a taxi home as this would guarantee more road safety

What is the limit? Your blood may not have an alcohol
content of more than 0.05%. This means that even after what you may think is a
“small drink”, you could be over the limit. It’s important to remember
that these levels of alcohol will stay in your system for up to eight hours
after consumption.

Safe driving contains a lot of benefits the most obvious
reason for driving carefully is safety. Drivers that are reckless put
themselves, their passengers and pedestrians at risk when they drive. Driving
carefully is financially gaining; it doesn’t just help to keep you and others
as safe as possible. By driving safely you are setting a good example to many
people. This could include the passengers in your car and even other drivers on
the road.

It’s very important to remember its “Better to Arrive Sober
and Late than Never.” Thank you

 

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