Alcohol Fact Sheet

With the holiday season upon us here are a few facts about alcohol.

As all licenced drivers should know, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or narcotic drugs. For normal drivers the maximum blood alcohol limit is 0.05mg per 100ml blood or 0.24 milligram per 1 000 milliliter of breath. (Professional drivers’ limits are 0.02mg per 100ml blood or 0.10 mg per 1000ml of breath).

Because the printout of an evidentiary breathalyser is admissible as evidence in court, drivers can be tried within hours, as there are no court delays waiting for the result of blood tests.

If you are apprehended and found to be over the legal limit, you do not have an option of paying a fine. You will be arrested and taken to a police station, where you will be booked and locked up in a police holding cell with other criminals. You will only be charged when you are sober. The punishment for drinking and driving could be in excess of R120 000 and/or 6 years imprisonment. You will get a criminal record, which will count against you for the rest of your life. Your driving license can also be suspended.

Alcohol affects our vision, judgment, balance and reaction time. Because even one drink can affect you, it is advisable not to drink and drive at all. There is no way to sober up quickly. It is a fallacy that showers and black coffee will make you sober. Your liver has to dissipate the alcohol in your body, which happens at a rate 0.02 mg per hour.

If you are involved in a crash while you are under the influence, it will impact on your insurance payouts. Because you have committed an illegal act by driving under the influence, short-term insurers, life insurers and the Road Accident Fund can refuse to pay out claims.

Alcohol in the body

Consumed alcohol is absorbed through the stomach and digestive tract into the bloodsteam, which carries it throughout the body affecting the central nervous system and impairing functions such as judgement, vision, coordination and reaction ability. There are several factors that affect the absorption of alcohol such as the amount of alcohol consumed, the volume consumed, the period over which is was consumed, still vs effervescent drinks, other substances in one’s stomach and the size and state of health of ones body.

Redline Self-Test Breathalyser

[image] Redline Self-Test BreathalyserRedline Breathalyser us a unique, self-testing, disposable, simple an inexpensive laboratory calibrated alcohol Breathalyser, which detects the presence of alcohol in the body and gives and accurate indication of whether the blood alcohol content has exceeded the limit. Taking the test is quick and easy and requires no training. Results are reliable and displayed within two minutes. The Redline self-test Breathalyser is purchasable at any Travel Experience Store.

Don't drink and drive

  • One in every fifteen drivers on the road in the evenings is over the limit
  • More than half of all pedestrians killed last year had been drinking
  • Morning rush hour bumper bashings are most likely a result of the previous nights’ drinking
  • The cost of crashes to the economy in 2008 has been estimated at R48 billion
  • When you do party, please drink responsibly. Limit your alcohol intake to not more than one drink per hour with no alcohol at least an hour before you drive.
  • Remember a sober driver is best. If you are hosting a party, offer to accommodate your guests overnight.
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