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2015-10-12 12:11


DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE: More than 3000 users admitted to having more than four drinks before deciding they're unable to drive. Image: Shutterstock

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Cape Town - On Friday (October 9) Wheels24 published an article highlighting how dangerous drunk driving really is by asking 24.com staff to wear "Drunk Goggles". 

Wheels24 enlisted the help of road safety company MasterDrive, who brought along "impairment goggles" to the News24 offices to show us what it's like to drive while drunk but without actually consuming alcohol.

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According the AA, under South African law, the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1000ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05g per 100ml.

Poll results

Wheels24 asked users how many alcoholic drinks they consume before deciding they can't drive. A News24 poll garnered 20 168 votes. The results are alarming:

After how many drinks do you decide you can't drive?

1-2 - 3276 votes
3-4 - 3998 votes
More than 4 - 3277 votes
I don't think about it - 2307 votes
I don't drink and drive - 7310 votes

More than 3200 said they have 'more than four drinks' before deciding they can't drive, while 2307 respondents said they "do not think about" how much alcohol they consume.

More than 3200 respondents said they have either one or two drinks before deciding they've had enough. The majority of users (7310) said they don't drink and drive.

What could be done to curb drunk driving in SA? Email us or add to the conversation on our Facebook page.

Watch News24 staff take the 'drunk goggles' test:

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