Hundreds of drivers could be prosecuted if they drink more alcohol than they used to under a new revised alcohol limit by the government ahead of the festive season.
The Director of Traffic Katholo Mosimanegape told reporters on Monday that the legal drinking limit for drivers has been lowered from 0.35 milligrams to 0.22 milligrams.
He revealed that professional drivers and public transport drivers’ new revised drink and driving limit is 0.11 milligrams.
Mosimanegape also revealed that the new revised drink and driving limit form parts of their effort to achieve zero tolerance towards drink and driving.
The message is that if you are going to drive you don’t drink and if you are going to drink you don’t drive, he said.
Speaking under the theme “towards a safe and secure festive season,” Mosimanegape said they intend to unleash a considerable number of their officers into the streets to beef up the number of those officers that will be on patrol and road blocks.
“We are going to see more officers on the streets; the officers that normally do administrative duties will join their colleagues in the streets,” he said.
Touching on violent and intrusive crimes, Mosimanegape expressed concern that some Batswana do not invest in their security.
“The people we are policing do not see the need to manage their security; those we are managing are not keen to manage themselves. In other words it should be your responsibility to ensure that you are safe,” he said.
He said during the months of November and December, more property is stolen and lives are lost.
Mosimanegape said the objective of the campaign is to curb lawlessness and anti social behaviour which he said were rampant during the festive season. Responding to a question from a reporter who asked if it was possible to run the campaign throughout the year,┬áthe Traffic Director he said they were considering that.┬á
“Since January to date, we have had at least 325┬áwho have lost their lives while last year the number stood at 404. It looks like we are not learning, we are not taking our experiences seriously,” he said.