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2013-05-03 09:26

ZERO TOLERANCE: Government is calling for a zero tolerance alcohol limit for South African drivers. Image: Wheels24

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The government plans to implement a total ban on alcohol consumption by drivers, it was reported on Friday.

An inter-ministerial committee on alcohol and substance abuse, led by social develop minister Bathabile Dlamini, decided to approach the Cabinet to present a case for zero tolerance of alcohol on the roads, The Sowetan reported.

At the moment, drivers may have up to 0.05ml of alcohol in their blood.

Transport department spokesman told the newspaper: “Drivers continue to disregard the alcohol limit.”

DRUNK DRIVING

"Medical research has shown that a drop of alcohol [in the blood] leads to [drivers] not being able to control their vehicles. Most of the accidents are caused by drunk people on our roads."

He said the department also supported the banning of alcohol advertisements as it made people drink more, and attracted new drinkers.

Social development department spokeswoman said the draft bill would be presented to the Cabinet before public comment was sought.

Automobile Association of SA spokesman Gary Ronald told The Sowetan: "A total ban on alcohol for drivers in Brazil had led to a 30 percent drop in road fatalities and injuries."

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