MEC Robin Carlisle: No Second or even First Chance for Drunk Drivers
The R8000 fine meted out by the Bishop Lavis Magistrate's Court, according to media reports, was for a driver found to have a blood count more than seven times the limit. This is in stark contrast to the 18 month jail sentence imposed in the Durban High Court yesterday for a red-light runner.
"Whilst I understand that all cases are complex and can include evidence in mitigation, I personally don't believe we should be giving drunk drivers a first chance - never mind a second chance".
"The Western Cape's Safely Home campaign has a simple, yet chilling message that I believe we all should embrace: 'If you drink and drive, you're a killer'. Yes, the sentiment is harsh, but I've seen enough carnage and distraught families to know it to be true."
"The courts in Durban have set the bar at a level we should all emulate. I think it's high time for the Western Cape to show all and sundry that drunk driving will not be tolerated."