Arrive Alive

Drunk Driving and Road Safety

Drunk Driving and Road Safety

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.

Brief Summary:

Legislation:

The National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), Act 93 of 1996 as amended.
 
Section 65: Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug having a narcotic effect, or with an 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:

A 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.
 
Any person detained for an alleged contravention of any provision of this section shall not -

(b) during his or her detention smoke until the specimen has been taken, as the case may be.
 
No person shall refuse that a specimen of blood, or a specimen of breath, be taken of him or her.


 

Penalties Imposed For Drunk Driving

Section 35: On conviction of certain offences licence and the permit shall be suspended for a minimum period and learner's or driving licence may not be obtained

(1) Subject to subsection (3), every driving licence or every licence and permit of any person convicted of an offence referred to in -

(a) section 61 (1) in the case of death of or serious injury to a person'

(b) section 63 (1) driving recklessly,

(c) section 65 (1), (2) or (5)'

 

where such person is the holder of a driving licence or a licence and permit, shall be suspended in the case of -

(i) a first offence - for a period of at least six months
(ii) a second offence, for a period of at least five years; or
(ii) a third or subsequent offence, for a period of at least ten years.

For More Information on Drunk Driving also visit:

For information on Breath Alcohol Testers available from Precision Safety Appliances, visit the following links:

For information on Breath Alcohol Testers available from Breathalyzers.co.za, visit the following links:

Website:

Law Enforcement & Industry Breathalyser Screening: 

Industry Breathalyser Screening:

Industry Entrance Breathalyser Screening Systems:

Alco-Interlock Breathalyser Screener for Ignition Interlock Breathalyser Screening:

Consumer Personal Breathalyser Screening:

Contact details: Alcohol Breathalysers (Pty) Ltd www.breathalysers.co.za 011 023 8955 sales@breathalysers.co.za

For information on Alco-Check, visit the following links:

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Automotive glass and its role in vehicle safety

Automotive glass and its role in vehicle safety

There is far more to a modern windscreen than meets the eye. It is a core component as it forms part of the structural frame and integrity of your vehicle. Your windscreen acts as a shield against road debris and other flying objects possibly penetrating the glass (for instance when hail strikes

Read More

Safety from Vehicle Scams and Fraudsters when Buying and Selling Vehicles

Safety from Vehicle Scams and Fraudsters when Buying and Selling Vehicles

Introduction During a tough economic environment, many purchasing decisions are based not on thoughtfulness but on desperation. This is a time when buyers and sellers of vehicles need to be extra cautious of fraudsters targeting their financial and emotional vulnerability! The internet has become

Read More

The Online Vehicle Retail Market and Safely Selling Vehicles Online

The Online Vehicle Retail Market and Safely Selling Vehicles Online

Introduction The South African vehicle market is, despite a challenging economic environment, a growing market. At 1 April 2017, there were in excess of 12 million registered vehicles in South Africa. The number of registered drivers in SA during 2016 increased by 507 002 presenting a new total of

Read More

Buying Vehicles at an Auction

Buying Vehicles at an Auction

Introduction It is essential for road safety that road users share our roads in vehicles that are roadworthy, well maintained and insured. Few vehicle owners are fortunate to buy a brand new vehicle. Most of us have to buy used cars out of hand, via a dealership or at an auction. Buying a used

Read More

Buying a Quality Used Car and Safety on the Road

Buying a Quality Used Car and Safety on the Road

Introduction In a challenging economic climate with tight budgets, few of us are privileged with the financial means to buy a new vehicle. It does not matter whether we call it is used car, a second-hand car or a pre-owned car - but there has been a continually growing market in South Africa for

Read More

Buying a Vehicle, Vehicle Finance and Road Safety

Buying a Vehicle, Vehicle Finance and Road Safety

Driver and vehicle fitness are important requirements for road users to share the roads safely. Vehicle owners should be enabled to make informed decisions on the roads daily, not only with regards to safely driving their vehicles but also on how to acquire, finance and insure those vehicles! Decisions

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All