86 nabbed for DD
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.