New breathalyser means drunk drivers in South Africa can be arrested immediately

Jamie McKane

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New breathalyser means drunk drivers in South Africa can be arrested immediately

The Department of Transport has begun rolling out a new breathalyser which can facilitate immediate arrests for drunk driving, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The new breath-testing machine was first piloted in the Western Cape and was launched in Pietermaritzburg last week, with the next step being a national rollout of the technology.
 

Aghori

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Excellent news. Don't ****ing drink and drive - simple as that. There really is no excuse since you can have a designated driver or Uber.
 

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New breathalyser means drunk drivers in South Africa can be arrested immediately

The Department of Transport has begun rolling out a new breathalyser which can facilitate immediate arrests for drunk driving, according to a report in the Sunday Times.

The new breath-testing machine was first piloted in the Western Cape and was launched in Pietermaritzburg last week, with the next step being a national rollout of the technology.

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This is a good step forward towards the right direction. At least with drunken driving, there will be proof that you are/were drunk.

I am however concerned about the 'absolute' power being given to the traffic officers. If the officer says I skipped a stop sign, whether I did or not I won't have the opportunity anymore to go and present my side of the story in court. Whatever s/he says goes. Besides the other potential gaps this stance has, it might also open a big gap for 'cool drink'.
 

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Only time before this is challenged and abolished again.
 

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[The AARTO bill] is expected to introduce a number of changes to South African road law, including:

  • Failing to pay traffic fines can lead to a block on obtaining driving and vehicle licences.
  • Where documents previously had to be delivered by registered mail, authorities will now also be able to serve documents via email and to send reminders via WhatsApp and SMS.
  • The option for offenders to elect to appear in court to challenge the prosecution has been removed.
The bill also includes provision for a new demerit system, with 1-6 points allocated for offences. If an infringer has more than 12 points, it will result in the disqualification of their driving licence.

Cool, so when people lose their driving and/or vehicle licence they can just do what I would do...cancel my insurance & just continue to drive around...
 
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