Don’t get (Road) blocked!

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As you know, the SAPS, along with other state and provincial authorities have been committed to reducing the number of drunk drivers on our roads. This is not intended to kill anyone’s buzz, but rather to encourage South Africans to be more responsible.

So, what is the limit? If your alcohol content is more than 0.05%, you are over the legal limit. That “one drink” that you have been sipping on could mean that you are already over the limit. A 350ml beer and a single shot could also put you over the limit.

So, now that you know how little alcohol it takes for you to be over the limit, what would happen to you if you are caught over the limit? It is no secret that law-enforcement agencies are conducting more and more roadblocks. If you are stopped at a roadblock, and you are over the limit, you will be arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence of Liquor. It’s important to remember that you will be held in custody until you can pay bail, and in some cases, bail is denied.

You could face a minimum fine of R2000 or a two-year prison sentence or even both, depending on prior convictions, as well as the circumstances surrounding your arrest. You could also lose your driver’s licence, or at least have it suspended. And the cherry on the cake is that you will have a criminal record, all because of that one night that you decided to be irresponsible.

This is where Stepp comes in to save the day. Stepp provides our valued clients with a Home Safe Chauffeur service. This is how it works:

  • A vehicle is dispatched with two drivers, who hold public driving permits, and you are driven home in your own vehicle
  • The service is available to you six times per year
  • The service is available within a 50km radius of city centres Johannesburg, Pretoria, East London, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Kimberley, George, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and Port Elizabeth
  • Each incident is capped at R500
  • When your driver has arrived at the specified time and location, you will be notified by the call centre
  • You will then have 15 minutes to meet the driver

Booking can be arranged between the following hours:

  • Mondays to Thursdays 17:00 – 01:00
  • Fridays 15:00 – 03:00
  • Saturdays 16:00 – 02:00
  • Sundays 16:00 – 00:00
  • Public Holidays before 17:00 the day before the public holiday

This way you can celebrate without having to worry about getting behind the wheel. Cheers to being responsible!

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

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