‘Wheels24’ readers respond to call for jail
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 ...