The 2017/18 SAPS annual crime statistics reveals major concerns
for motorists in South Africa.
SAPS reports 86 160 cases of motorists driving under the drugs and
alcohol, an increase of 14.8% (2015/16).
Howard Dembovsky, Chairman of the Justice Project SA, shares his
views on DUI in SA.
DUI still a problem
Dembovsky said: Although carjacking is marginally down truck
hijacking is on the increase, and that must be viewed as problematic, given the
values involved. What is very concerning indeed is the almost 15% rise in
incidents of driving under the influence of alcohol.
"Just why it is that motorists don't appear to be getting the
message that driving under the influence is one of the most dangerous road
traffic offences anyone can commit is beyond me.
"It will, however, be interesting to see how many of the 86
160 people arrested for this crime are convicted.
"In my view, it should be mandatory for South African Police
Service, the National Prosecuting Authority and the Department of Justice to
supply conviction rates, especially for crimes which are "detected"
as a result of police action."
The South African Police service has released crime
statistics for 2017/18. Below are DUI stats for all nine provinces.