DRINK AND DRIVE
DO NOT POLICE TO TIGHTEN SECURITY
THE SAPS has issued a warning to drivers that they will be implementing a zero tolerance policy against drinking and driving this festive season.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that of all the accidents that occur on South African roads, 58% are attributed to alcohol and, according to Arrive Alive, research indicates that 50% of people who die on our roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05g per 100ml – the legal limit.
Motorists should take this warning seriously as the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is pushing for tougher legal action against drunk drivers ahead of the festive season.
It wants driving under the influence to be reclassified from a schedule 2 to schedule 5 offence and drunk drivers to spend at least 7 days in jail before they can be considered for bail. If arrested, offenders face a minimum fine of R2 000 or a two-year prison sentence – or both.
But that’s not all that motorists need to consider, said Christelle Colman, executive for High-Net-Worth Solutions at Old Mutual Insure.
“The insurance implications for drunk driving are also serious and could cost motorists dearly. Insurers won’t pay claims if it’s been proven that drivers were under the influence at the time of the accident.
“It (alcohol) also impacts their risk profile and offenders may find insurers refusing to cover them following a drunk driving incident, or at the very least, their premiums will be very high.”
Furthermore, Colman said that road accidents generally increase over holiday periods, so even if you are driving responsibly, you may still end up in an accident caused by someone else, so it’s important to make sure your insurance is up to date.