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'Booze ban could save 2,000 lives annually'

The AA say government should implement its plans to ban alcohol use amongst drivers.

FILE: Car accident. Picture: iWitness.

CAPE TOWN - The Automobile Association (AA) believes government could save up to 2,000 lives if its plans to implement a total ban on alcohol use among drivers go ahead.

The new strategy was recently presented to an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, which was led by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

At present, an estimated 65 percent of all car accidents on South African roads are caused by liquor consumption.

The AA's spokesperson Gary Ronald said this initiative could see a reduction in road fatalities and injuries.

"We know that alcohol is a factor in many car accidents. If we can take this factor out then we will be savings thousands of lives so it would be worth doing it."

Currently, motorists may have up to 0.05ml of alcohol in their blood.