Twenty-four alleged drunk drivers spent Saturday night behind bars after being arrested in Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.
The motorists were caught in the Kempton Park area during a drunk-driving operation. Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) spokesperson, Kobeli Mokheseng said the OR Tambo International Airport precinct officers arrested 24 intoxicated drivers at a roadblock.
“During the set-up, all government-stipulated Covid-19 protocols were applied. The intersection of CR Swart and Pretoria was flooded with EMPD members between 18:00 and 03:00, where 22 male drivers and two female motorists failed the onsite sobriety test after portable breathalyzers were used.
“The lawbreakers were arrested for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol, with possible reckless and negligent driving. They were taken to the Kempton Park police station after blood was drawn from their arms by a professional medical practitioner,” said Mokheseng.
They are expected to appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court soon.
What is drunk driving? It is the offence of steering or operating a motor vehicle, under the influence of alcohol or any drugs. For many, it is to a level where the individuals are not fully capable of controlling the car. Drunk driving is responsible for a large number of traffic accidents, which have led to unnecessary loss of life.
South Africa ranks 6th globally in terms of the high consumption of alcohol per drinker. This ranking is a rise from its 11th place in 2010. Any amount of alcohol in the body has been seen to impair navigation. When one exceeds the 0.05g/dl limit, it increases the risk of road accidents. In South Africa, new and strict policy proposals are being put forward to curb the menace.
The legal alcohol driving limit must be less than 0.05 grams per every 100 millilitres of blood for normal drivers and less than 0.2 grams per every 100 millilitres in case of professional drivers. Crime statistics report 2018/2019 released by the South African Police Service in late 2019, showed that the high rate of drunk driving had decreased by 3.8% compared to the 2017/2018 report.