South Africa: Taxi driver arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol

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Gauteng Traffic Police have arrested a public transport operator for allegedly driving a white cab under the influence of alcohol in Carletonville, Westrand.

The 36-year-old taxi driver was arrested Monday afternoon following a drunk driving operation at the Carletonville police station.

“The breathalyzer reading was recorded at 1.24mg/1000ml, which is three times the prescribed legal limit of 0.24mg/1000. The driver was detained at the Carletonville Police Station and is expected to appear in Carletonville Magistrates Court to face charges relating to reckless and negligent driving with an alternative charge of driving under the influence of alcohol,” Gauteng Traffic Police said on Tuesday.

Gauteng Traffic Police spokesman Sello Maremane said driving under the influence of alcohol often results in impaired driving causing unnecessary crashes and loss of life.

“Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to patrol major roads in Gauteng to ensure that road users follow the rules and regulations of the road.

“In our concerted efforts to save the lives of road users, Gauteng Traffic Police will also be conducting a series of road safety activations in various hazardous locations as part of the Road Safety Education Program” , said Maremane.

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