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2015-12-22 10:23

NEW STRATEGY NEEDED: South Africa has an horrendous death toll and a culture of drunk driving. Nicro aims to rehabilitate offenders. Image: iStock

Cape Town - The number of fatalities on South African roads during the 2015/16 holiday season has already surpassed 500, the Automobile Association (AA) said.

What's being done to curb road deaths and rehabilitate traffic offenders?

On Monday, Wheels24 published an interview with the South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro), a 105-year-old organisation responsible for rehabilitating criminals.

Drunk driving culture

Arena Smit (clinical unit manager) and Soraya Solomon (CEO) shared their views on SA's drunk driving culture and told us how Nicro can help rehabilitate criminals such as drunk and reckless drivers.

Read: SA is world's worst drunk-driving country

But what about someone who's actually been through the programme?

*Ben is a drunk-driving offender, who faced certain prosecution (and a criminal record), until he discovered Nicro.

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Ben said: "When he (Ben's lawyer) saw that I was three times over (the blood-alcohol limit), according to the breathalyser, he said 'oh sh*t, this is bad, this is really bad', and you might not get away with not serving jail time, paying a large fine or having a criminal record."

WATCH: Ben shares his drunk-driving experience

Watch: Can Nicro help drunk drivers?

*Ben chose to keep his true identity anonymous

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