‘Wheels24’ read­ers re­spond to call for jail

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

SIS­TER pub­li­ca­tion Wheels24 asked read­ers if harsher penal­ties would de­ter mo­torists from driv­ing drunk?

Thirty-eight per­cent (5 825 votes) said yes and 42% (6 533 votes) said no, while 20% (3 149 peo­ple) think there is not enough ev­i­dence to sup­port either side. Be­low are ex­tracts from some read­ers:

Ros: Take away the driv­ers’ li­cences of those whom are guilty. Only way to stop this.

Eben: I think al­co­holic prod­ucts must in­di­cate that driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence is dan­ger­ous and the vol­ume of the prod­uct, ac­cord­ing to your weight, that will most prob­a­bly place you over the limit and that you should not drive a car. This in­for­ma­tion must at least take up a third of the la­bel space on each and ev­ery drink that con­tains al­co­hol.

Masango: I think the rea­son peo­ple drive drunk is that they don’t feel safe walk­ing be­cause of high lev­els crime in our coun­try. Ev­ery­one feels safe in his/ her car. Dumisani: As a start, the driver’s li­cence should be con­fis­cated when a per­son gets ar­rested for drunk driv­ing un­til the case is fi­nalised in court. When the mat­ter is fi­nalised court should make an or­der whether the li­cence should be sus­pended or re­turned to the driver. That would make peo­ple think twice about get­ting be­hind a wheel after drink­ing.

An­dre: Driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence is dan­ger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble, but to com­pare it to rape and mur­der is sim­ply ridicu­lous ... So, now they want to send a young per­son to prison with real rapists and mur­der­ers, when all he/she did wrong was to make a poor de­ci­sion dur­ing a night out? All they would have ac­com­plished through this was to create an­other hard­ened crim­i­nal ...

Ul­ti­mately, I agree that friends, fam­ily and so­ci­ety will have a far greater im­pact on curb­ing this men­ace than gov­ern­ment ever could ... Fo­cus on the real prob­lem at hand — the taxis, who do what­ever they want and the po­lice, who do noth­ing about it!

Peter: I agree that heav­ier sen­tences for drunk driv­ing can create se­ri­ous prob­lems for the fam­ily, but im­pound­ing the ve­hi­cle on the spot, for it to be re­trieved from a pound after a fine is paid, would create suf­fi­cient mon­e­tary and time in­con­ve­nience to make the of­fender think se­ri­ously be­fore driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence ...

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