CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE EASTERN CAPE LIQUOR BOARD CEO, MR K.C MANELI
WE MUST ENJOY FESTIVE SEASON RESPPONSIBLY; DRUNK DRIVING IS A RISKY GAMBLE NOT WORTH TAKING!
Once again the Festive Season is upon us. Festive Season is a notorious period for road accidents which often result in fatalities. This is the month in which there is a high increase in the number of road accidents compared to any other period of the year. Everyone would like to celebrate during the festive period, but drinking and driving is a deadly mix which often has devastating consequences. Road accidents linked to consumption of alcohol are a major but avoidable problem. Over the past Festive season Eastern Cape experienced the second highest number of road fatalities, and driving under the influence of alcohol is cited among the main contributors.
Our message during this Festive Season is that if you are having a drink, don’t drive and don’t walk on the public roads when you are under the influence of alcohol; drinking and driving ruins lives! If you are a passenger never get in a car with a drunk driver; instead report the driver to police. Consequences of drunk driving are calamitous, and we urge all the drivers to avoid the sadness, the loss, the grief that accompanies each and every needless death.
Please remember: If you’re found guilty of drunk driving you could face up to six years in jail and you could be liable for fines of up to R120 000. Your driver’s licence could also be suspended or revoked.
This means that you will have a criminal record which will impact your life forever. We urge all our liquor traders not to sell alcohol to patrons who drive vehicles, or else they must arrange for them to be driven home. We further remind them to adhere to trading conditions of their liquor licenses, which include – among other things – opening and closing at the prescribed times; not selling to underage people; ensuring maximum security at their outlets; and not playing loud music that disturbs neighbours.
As you celebrate the Festive Season it is important that you pause for a moment and reflect on how you want to see yourself and your family beyond the period. Let us all refrain from drinking and driving and avoid disastrous occurrences that we will live to regret.
MAY YOU ALL HAVE A JOYOUS, ACCIDENT-FREE FESTIVE SEASON AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!