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Life ban for drunk drivers?

2013-01-04 08:14

JOHANNESBURG - The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for a lifetime licence ban for drivers guilty of drunk-driving on South Africa's roads.

IFP spokesman Velaphi Ndlovu said: "It is shocking to note that the festive season is not even officially over and already 1279 people have been killed on South Africa's roads."

The death toll statistics were released by the Road Traffic Management Corporation in January 2013.

NO MORE COPS IN BUSHES

Ndlovu said if people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol their  driving licence should be revoked permanently.

Since December 2012, the department of transport said, more than 2100 drivers had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The IFP welcomed the arrests but called on traffic officers to stop hiding when monitoring the roads.

Ndlovu said: "The IFP also calls for an end to traffic officers hiding behind bushes to trap speeding drivers. We believe the public can be better served by traffic officers who are more visible and therefore prevent accidents."

Do you agree with Ndlovu's sentiments on a lifetime ban for drunk drivers? Should traffic cops stop trying to ambush drivers? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24. Or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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Comments
  • christo.stone - 2013-01-04 10:11

    Yes please...Ban them!

  • JNaMolefe - 2013-01-04 10:42

    Ban them! Better than sorry.....

  • didi.henning - 2013-01-04 11:54

    yes please, that will solve the problem, that way we increase the amound of illegal drivers on the road, who sits and thinks of these things

  • jacocl - 2013-01-04 14:40

    I do not agree with Ndlovu's sentiments on a lifetime ban for drunk drivers. I would rather advise that if a drunk driver (most of the time working men/women) is proven 100% guilty in court of law, suspend their drivers license for 1 year and stamp in their ID book in red 1st Offense: Drunk Driving with the date of offense. After a year the person receives their drivers license. When caught driving drunk a 2nd time his/her drivers license will be suspend for five years and a red 2nd Offense: Drunk Driving will stamped in their ID book underneath the first stamp. After five years he/she receives their drivers license. When caught driving drunk a 3rd time he's/her drivers license will be permanently suspended and their ID book will be stamped in red 3rd Offense: Drunk Driving, Drivers License Permanently Suspended. Such a driver will not be allowed to apply for a new drivers license. If such a person will then be caught driving without a drivers license or with a false drivers license he/she will then be jailed 10 years. Al the offenses will added to the person's national records. Because many of the people caught driving drunk are working people they might think twice before drinking and driving for it is very difficult to be working and don't have the transport you where use to. It would also be a blot on your name and you would be ashamed especially in front of your friends and colleagues with such offenses and with a suspended drivers license.

      correne.smith.5 - 2013-01-04 15:24

      WHY give them so many chances ? My little boy was not given any chances when his life was taken by a drunk SOB in 2003. Why take chances at other people's expense? We have to live with the tragedy while these guys party on!!

  • vino.reddy.0 - 2013-01-04 15:55

    Pls publish the statistics that show drunk drivers are responsible for all these deaths. Dept of Transport figures show that 46% of these fatalities are pedestrians...No one publishes road death toll rates out of holiday season... pls do...so we can compare. yes drunk driving is deplorable... and perpetrators should pay...but why mention them in the same breath as holiday death fatalities.... what about unlicensed drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, poorly marked road where contruction is not sign posted...or vehicles that are over loaded with both passengers and goods. People assign blame ..where blame is due using full facts

  • thasmeel.singh - 2013-01-04 23:12

    The fact that people drink and get behind the wheel shows total lack of respect for the law and the other road users. they knew what they were doing so yes, revoke their drivers licences for life. if they still get behind the wheel after that, jail them for 5-10 years for being total morons.

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