‘Sober’ driver arrested for DD
A ‘sober’ driver entrusted to get others who were drunk to their residential places was arrested yesterday morning for drinking and driving, leaving his passengers baffled.
The 20-year-old was arrested at Extension Three and was charged with two counts of contravening the Road Traffic Act.
The first count was that he was driving under the influence of alcohol and the breathalyzer showed a reading of 0.47mg/l, and the second count was that the accused was driving the vehicle without a driver’s licence.
He told the court that he had forgotten his driver’s licence at home, and in terms of drinking and drivin, he stated that he had been sitting in the car for too long as the sober driver and he then decided to taste some of the alcohol because he was also feeling sleepy.
Magistrate Vilakati told the accused that he should have slept in the car instead of drinking alcohol with the intent to keep himself awake, for he betrayed his friends and ended up breaking the law.
He further told the accused that it was a serious offence getting behind the wheel without a driver’s licence.
The accused pleaded for leniency and told the court that he had recently completed his Form Five and was currently awaiting his results. He was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment with an option of E1 000 on the first count and five months or E500 on the second count.