86 nabbed for DD

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Non­duduzo Kunene

THERE were 86 cases of drink -driv­ing re­ported in the past week­end.

Ac­cord­ing to Royal Eswa­tini Po­lice In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Su­per­in­ten­dent Phindile Vi­lakati, over the past week­end, po­lice charged 86 mo­torists who were found driv­ing on pub­lic road sun­der the in­flu­ence of in­tox­i­cat­ing liquor or drugs.

In the Manzini mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day, a to­tal of 24 peo­ple ap­peared be­fore Mag­is­trate Mthokozisi Dlamini for con­tra­ven­ing parts of the Road Traf­fic Act and most of the of­fend­ers were drink-driv­ers.

While in the Mba­bane mag­is­trate’s court, only four ap­peared for drink driv­ing of­fences.

Ac­cord­ing to the Road Traf­fic Act of 2007 sec­tion 91(1), the le­gal limit of al­co­hol a mo­torist could have in his/her blood should be 0.38 mil­ligrammes per litre.

“If you are found to have ex­ceeded the limit, one is charged for con­tra­ven­ing the Act re­sult­ing to ap­pear­ing in court.”

Con­tra­ven­ing this Traf­fic Act could re­sult to one fac­ing a min­i­mum of five months im­pris­on­ment to a max­i­mum of five years. Sub­sti­tut­ing the im­pris­on­ment could be a fine of up to E5 000. Mo­torists are urged to work to­gether with the po­lice dur­ing ar­rest and in­spec­tions mainly in the traf­fic. Some mo­torists fail to co­op­er­ate with the po­lice, as a re­sult they fight the po­lice teer­ing their clothes ,thus add to their charges in court.

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