Deadline on drunk driving bill submissions is today

FEBRUARY 27, 2015

Members of the public have until the end of business on Friday to make submissions regarding a proposed amendment to the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill. The proposal involves the lowering of the current blood-alcohol limit for motorists to zero.

Currently, legislation allows motorists up to two beers or two glasses of wine. However, alcohol consumption has been blamed for many road fatalities.

The new provision would state that no person shall on a public road drive a vehicle or occupy the driver's seat of a car, with the engine running, while there is a concentration of alcohol in his or her blood.

Some argue that reducing the blood alcohol limit to a zero rating will impact an already overstrained and ineffective justice system.

There are strong reservations to the proposal because there is no scientific evidence showing that if the existing acceptable levels are reduced, there will be a decline in the number of crashes.