Victims of drunk driving accidents can claim against the South African Road Accident Fund. This is a form of public insurance put in place to protect those involved in motor accidents. With the holiday season kicking off, there is always an increase in drinking and driving in South Africa. There will also be higher levels of traffic as people flock to their holiday destinations, and higher risks of road accidents. Don’t let drunk driving ruin your family’s Christmas; know the facts and practice safe driving.

What are the facts?

In South Africa, the legal limit is a breath alcohol content of 0.24mg per 1000 ml, or a blood alcohol limit of 0.05 g per 100 ml. If you are over this limit you are not permitted to drive. To make better sense of these numbers, a good rule of thumb is to only drink a maximum of one unit of alcohol every hour. This gives your body enough time to process the alcohol and avoid becoming drunk. One unit is approximately two thirds of a beer or spirit cooler, or one glass of wine. One unit of hard liquor like whiskey or brandy is only equal to one 25 ml tot.

South African Road Accident Fund

If you are planning on enjoying your holiday with alcohol, it is advisable not to drive at all. Even if you are under the legal limit and therefore not breaking the law, even a small amount of alcohol in your body can severely reduce your driving ability. Just one unit of alcohol doubles the risk of being in an accident. If you would like more legal advice about drinking and driving, or want to claim for injuries or loss after recently being a victim of drunk driving, contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys. They can assist with all car accident and South African Road Accident Fund matters.

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