Drunken driving a huge problem

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — A representative of the provincial traffic department who attended the CPF meeting last Thursday reported that they held two operations during the period of the Bushveld Festival. The one operation was from 06:00 – 14:00 on Saturday and the other one was Saturday evening, during which lots of successful arrests of drunk drivers were made.
He says they managed to screen 84 drivers during the morning operation and 112 drivers during the evening operation. 12 Drivers were arrested for drunken driving. The person arrested with the highest blood alcohol level, tested 1.09 mg/litre and the person arrested with the lowest (but still too high) blood alcohol level tested 0.05 mg/litre, he said.
According to the AA (Automobile Association), the rule of drinking and driving is simple – don’t do it.
They say that drunk driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa and more than 21 000 people have been arrested on SA roads in the last year as a result of drinking and driving and it has been shown that 50% of people who die on SA roads, are over the limit.
In South Africa, the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24 mg per 1 000 ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05 g per 100 ml, a fact that should be burnt into every motorist’s memory.
The rule of thumb is a maximum of one unit of alcohol per hour, which constitutes 10 ml of pure alcohol, based on an adult weighing 68 kg. The human body can process only one unit of alcohol each hour. However, it is important to be aware that if you weigh less than 68 kg your body will need more time to process the same amount of alcohol.
The permissible quantity of alcohol allowed is equal to two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler with 5% alcohol content.
For those who drink wine, 75 ml of red or white wine per hour with an alcohol content of 12% to 14% is acceptable.
Whisky and brandy connoisseurs can drink up to one 25 ml tot of alcohol per hour.
Drinking coffee to get sober is a myth, as is taking a cold shower or drinking a litre of water. Once the alcohol is in your system your liver is going to need time to process it and restricting yourself to only one unit per hour will give your body the time it needs to stay sober in the eyes of the law.
“Alcohol significantly slows reaction time and distorts your vision and the effects of a heavy night of drinking could well affect your driving ability the next morning and you may still even be over the legal limit.
After only one unit of alcohol, your chances of being in an accident are doubled and when you are at the legal limit of 0.24 mg, you are four times more likely to be in an accident.
At the end of the day, motorists need to ask if it’s really worth risking the consequences before drinking and driving,” says the AA.
(Additional source: https://www.aa.co.za/services/…/what-is-the-legal-alcohol-limit-when-drivingij.html)

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