Drunk Driving and the Law
Drunk Driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa. Research indicates that 50% of people who die on the roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 gram per 100 millilitres.
The National Road Traffic Act (NRTA), Act 93 of 1996 as amended.
Section 65: Driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug having narcotic effect, or with excessive amount of alcohol in blood or breath
No person shall on a public road –
(a) drive a vehicle; or
(b) occupy the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle the engine of which is running, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or a drug having a narcotic effect.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limits:
Concentration of alcohol in blood: 0,05 gram per 100 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,02 gram per 100 millilitres.
Breath alcohol content: 0,24 milligrams per 1000 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,10 milligrams per 1000 millilitres.
How much is too much?
- It is best is not to drive at all when you consume alcohol
- The legal limit is of alcohol in blood: 0,05 gram per 100 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,02 gram per 100 millilitres.
- Many factors determine the uptake of alcohol. These include volume, strength, type of dilutant ( eg Coke), type of meal, medication, previous operations, temp of drink, water content of organs, diffusion gradient, rate of blood flow, any disease etc.
- The effects vary from person to person.
- No set pattern of behaviour does exist.
- In trials participants exceeded the legal limit after two beers.
If you know you are going to drink – have a designated driver or drink at home!