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Carlisle scorns 'zero' booze test

2013-05-07 07:18

Cape Town - Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle has come out against a proposed national measure to impose a zero limit on drinking and driving.

The Cape Argus reported that Carlisle had written tonational transport minister Ben Martins to inform him of his concern.

He argued that the country did not have a structure to manage and enforce such a law because of the turnaround time for blood tests and the lack of breathalysing at national road blocks, except by Western Cape and metro traffic.

FASTER TESTS NEEDED

"Also, virtually all of the countries with the best safety records --Britain, France, Germany, the US and Australia -- have some sort of minimum legal alcohol level that can be tested for," he told the newspaper.

He reportedly proposed that more effort be put into improving the turnaround time for blood results at state laboratories and into behaviour-changing campaigns.

The Cape Argus reported that the national transport ministry recently put forward a case for lowering the legal blood-alcohol level to zero in a presentation to the inter-ministerial committee on substance abuse. The committee, headed by social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, reportedly agreed with and accepted the department's proposal.

Dlamini's spokeswoman was quoted as saying: "Most 'accidents' that occur in South Africa are alcohol-related and the inter-ministerial committee feels a zero tolerance approach would help to curb this scourge."

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Comments
  • Blackpoison - 2013-05-07 09:40

    Maybe most are but the ones caused by un-roadworthy taxis sure as hell have the biggest fatality rate.

  • Dazza Oliver - 2013-05-07 09:41

    So we are gong to have more cops on the road checking for driver's who have had 1 small drink, and less cops doing any other police work. On the upside, maybe it will clear a lot of the taxis of the roads, they must be drunk with the way they drive.

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-07 13:55

      well - or it could just open the way to more bribery opportunities amongst cops that are corrupt. Of course, the idea is good, as alcohol abuse kills injures many innocent people. But my fear is that like with all other thinhs in SA, there will be those who are not targeted, and those who are 'above the law'.

  • Karl Klopjag - 2013-05-07 10:57

    Sense from the DA and stupidity from the ANC who would dumbly criminalise anyone caught driving after eating some tiramisu or sherry trifle. Yes, that would show up on any blood-alcohol test, even if it is low (0.0001% is still not zero.)

  • Cobus Pretorius - 2013-05-07 12:49

    This is one of the most controversial subjects there is, you have to have some sort of limit for someone on medication. Everybody need to be aware of the fact that you may feel OK! To drive but your BAC is over the allowed limit. At this stage in RSA you will get arrested and spend the night in jail and hopefully there is an officer on duty to give you a court date the next day. Then you will drive to work and three Taxi’s will skip a Red light with a traffic cop behind you and nothing will happen, the next day the same thing will happen with some Taxi’s losing a back axial, the next day the same Taxi is still skipping the Red light????????WTF

  • Cobus Pretorius - 2013-05-07 12:58

    This is one of the most controversial subjects there is, you have to have some sort of limit for someone on medication. Everybody need to be aware of the fact that you may feel OK! To drive but your BAC is over the allowed limit. At this stage in RSA you will get arrested and spend the night in jail and hopefully there is an officer on duty to give you a court date the next day. Then you will drive to work and three Taxi’s will skip a Red light with a traffic cop behind you and nothing will happen, the next day the same thing will happen with some Taxi’s losing a back axial, the next day the same Taxi is still skipping the Red light????????WTF

  • Piet Boom - 2013-05-07 14:57

    the DA must oppose....thats why people voted for them to oppose.its an opposition party.viva DA.

  • Fc Swart - 2013-05-07 15:43

    hahahaha "Most" accidents caused by alcohol?? NO... MOST accidents caused by taxis and other drivers that dont bother following the rules of the road (but mostly taxis). And the sad part? The police are too afraid to do anything about it. It is seemingly too dangerous to be a police officer? What did you sign up for in the first place?? Picnics next to the road? No, more police officers need to WAKE UP and realize that alcohol isn't causing ALL our issues, reckless driving and failure of the police to act upon it is causing it.

  • Robert Cerff - 2013-05-07 17:05

    "Britain, France, Germany, the US and Australia" - all have better public transport on offer. That's the reason. Nothing more, nothing less.

      Neville Geustyn - 2013-05-07 17:54

      good point Robert, if we had a safe better option to get around then I would agree with lowering the limit, but not to zero, there are cough mixtures and puddings that have a very, very small amount of booze in it, now you are a criminal if caught, what rubbish. Train police to act on bad driving by taxis and beef up our whole transport system, not just in the economically viable areas, this does not benefit the whole city and we cannot get around without using our own transport.

  • Sergio Henriques - 2013-05-09 07:22

    So, no glass of wine at a restaurant dinner, no beer at a concert, no tasting wine at a wine farm and no eating any alcoholic desserts like tiramisu and sherry trifle to name a mere few things that will become criminal. Clearly the impracticality of this suggestion has not even been considered. There are other ways of solving the problem without annihilating a large array of adult activities.

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