The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has issued a heartfelt appeal to motorists, stressing the dire consequences of driving while intoxicated.
Superintendent Xolani Fihla, a spokesperson for the JMPD, expressed deep concern about the statistics from October 16 to 22, which revealed that JMPD officers had apprehended 248 individuals for driving under the influence, exceeding the legal limit of 0.24mg/l.
“These arrests serve as a stark reminder of the persistent issue of drunk driving in our city. Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal but also exceptionally hazardous, posing a significant risk to the safety of all road users. The ramifications of such reckless behavior cannot be overstated, as they can lead to tragic consequences, including accidents, injuries, and loss of life.”
Fihla emphasised the commitment of the JMPD to enhancing road safety, and this recent crackdown on drunk driving is a part of their ongoing efforts to make Johannesburg’s roads safer for everyone.
“Drunken driving has been recognised as a global problem by law enforcement agencies for a long time, and they continuously strive to reduce such behaviour through stringent enforcement of traffic regulations. The consequences of being caught driving under the influence may include fines, license suspension, and imprisonment. However, the most significant consequences involve the potential harm that intoxicated drivers can inflict on themselves and others. Incidents involving drunk driving are entirely preventable.”
Fihla conveyed every motorist’s responsibility to make safer choices while on the road.
To ensure the safety of all road users, the JMPD encourages the following responsible actions:
- If you plan to consume alcohol, arrange for a designated driver who will not drink.
- Utilise public transport or ridesharing services to avoid driving under the influence.
- If you anticipate consuming alcohol, plan your transportation in advance to ensure a safe journey home.
- Advocate for responsible choices among friends and family, and intervene if someone considers driving under the influence.
- If you encounter a driver you suspect is impaired, report them to the authorities immediately.
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