It’s that time of the year. You’ve worked hard and it is time to celebrate with all the bells and whistles. Whether you’re attending the parties, organising the work functions or family get togethers – you need to keep the following in mind:
Stay safe and arrive alive
Currently in South Africa, drivers are allowed to have 0.05 grams of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This means that if you have an average of two drinks in an hour, you may be over the limit, according to Arrive Alive. This regulation was brought in by the South Africa Government due to the high accident rates caused by drunken driving on our roads.
With this low tolerance rate of alcohol, the idea is to keep drunk drivers off the road. An officer of the law may request any driver to take a breathalyser test in a roadblock or when pulled over and if the driver is over the limit, the officer may request that blood samples are taken at the nearest hospital.
The rules of the South African law are very strict. If, for example, a person is over the limit and it is Friday night, the driver might spend the entire weekend in jail and only appear in court on Monday.
That is no way to spend the weekend when all you wanted to do was to celebrate.
Should a person be found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in South Africa, the driver may face a minimum of two years in jail and/or a R2,000 fine. Should the driver be involved in an accident, that penalty may increase depending on the circumstances. Whichever way, the driver will be stuck with a criminal record, according to the South African Police Service.
Guests, colleagues and friends
Hosts of celebrations, parties and any functions have some unofficial responsibility that no one talks about. And this responsibility towards our guests, colleagues, family and friends can be very difficult to do. This big responsibility is to ensure that nobody under the influence of alcohol should get behind the wheel of any motorised vehicle, bicycle or even walk to a destination. This is not safe.
Not only are people under the influence of alcohol a potential danger to themselves, but they also put other people’s lives in danger.
If the host is not in the position to stop their party goers from driving or walking under the influence, they should find someone to help them in this scenario.
There are a few solutions to prevent drunk people from getting in behind the steering wheel, and that is to have dedicated drivers available. Unfortunately, when the dedicated driver also attends the party, function or celebration, there is the chance that the person may have something alcoholic to drink without the other knowing about it. This defeats the objective – of course.
When the function is at a venue, it is impossible for people to sleep over. So therefore, the ideal solution is to book a few cabs and have them on standby. Organise an approximate time when the function will be over with the cab service and then, when the guests are ready to leave, the host will rest assured that the guests will arrive home – safe and sound. That is if the host makes use of a reliable service.
Technology has made booking a driving service so easy. Unfortunately, many scammers have found ways to hack the applications of these services and then there are people out there who find ways to partake in criminal activities.
So, who should the hosts call? The answer is simple – a cab service that they can trust – like City Link Cabs. Our drivers are reliable, will ensure that the people get home safe, and will even take care of any property that they may leave behind in the vehicles.
With City Link Cabs, hosts of functions, parties, celebrations and any get togethers can rest assured that their guests who may have had a little too much to drink will get home safe and won’t be a hazard on the road.
Booking a cab service with City Link Cabs is easy, we work on fixed rates and will even negotiate a package with the hosts in advance so that there are no nasty financial surprises waiting at the end of a great night of festivities. This way everybody gets to enjoy the celebrations.