SA’s drunk driving problem
Johannesburg – Police in South African have arrested about 20 000 motorists over the past 11 months for driving under the influence of alcohol. Ashref Ismail, of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, said from October 2010 to September 2011, 19 780 drunk drivers were arrested. In the Western Cape alone, almost 50 people have received jail sentences for drunk driving in the past year. “Since October 2010, 664 drivers have been sentenced in the province for drunk-driving offences, 47 of whom were sent directly to jail without the option of paying fines or serving another type of sentence. “One was jailed for four years, six for three years and the remaining 40 for between six months and two-and-a-half years. A further 12 had their licenses cancelled,” said Ismail. Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has reiterated that road users who disobey the law will be punished. “We have already started with our December festive season law enforcement operations, and we want to warn road users that no mercy will be shown to any person who commits any traffic violation. “During this Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, traffic law enforcement will be intensified without compromise in order to make our roads safe. “The carnage on our roads must be stopped,” he said.