Drinking & Driving: South Africa's New Zero Tolerance Alcohol Law Comes Into Effect

Drinking & Driving: South Africa's New Zero Tolerance Alcohol Law Comes Into Effect

- South Africa has new low tolerance drinking and driving laws which will be effective from later this month

- According to reports, drivers will no longer be allowed to get behind the wheel after having even one alcoholic beverage

- Drinking and driving is taken seriously in South Africa and citizens may be risking their insurance by doing this

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South Africa's new drunk-driving regulations take effect this month and you won't be allowed behind the wheel after only one drink. Getting behind the wheel is still permitted if your blood alcohol level is less than 0.05g per 100ml.

By limiting the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers at 0%, the new National Road Traffic Amendment Act completely outlaws all motor vehicle operators from consuming alcohol on South African public roadways.

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Drinking and driving: South Africa's new zero tolerance alcohol law
South Africa has a new law when it comes to drinking and driving, which is extremely low tolerance. Image: Drink Driving From the Pub / Flickr
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There's more clarity on the rules now

According to a report by IOL, this has major consequences for South African motorists.

If you have even one drink and get into an accident, you will not only be breaking the law, but it will also have a significant influence on your insurance, cautions Wynand van Vuuren, King Price's customer experience partner.

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Long-term benefits of the new law

According to Van Vuuren, while the new rule may lower the number of accidents caused by drunk driving, it will not have an immediate impact on insurance rates. Bottom line: If you're going to drink alcohol, be sure you have a way to get home.

Some insurance providers offer a taxi service, such as King Price, which offer customers the 'king's cab' service to safely transport the motorist and their vehicle home when driving is not advised, says Van Vuuren in a report by News24.

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Robbers arrested by the SAPS in sting operation

In more news about crime on the roads, Briefly News previously reported that 10 alleged cash-in-transit robbers arrested in North West province and firearms and cash were recovered. On Monday, the robbers were apprehended just hours after a cash crime in Mooinooi, North West.

A quick response from Mooinooi police resulted in the arrest of 10 people and the discovery of 12 weapons, ammunition, marked cash and four vehicles, according to police spokesman Col Brenda Muridili.

She added the suspects are facing charges of aggravated robbery, hijacking, possession of explosives and possession of suspected stolen cash, as well as possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

They will appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court within 48 hours of their arrest, according to SowetanLIVE.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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