New law puts end to 'happy hours'

You can't have even 1 glass of beer an hour before getting into your car

DRIVERS might soon rid their vocabulary of terminology such as "happy hour" and "one for the road" if the government's proposed sobering amendments to the National Road Traffic Act are passed into law.

The Department of Transport has gazetted a Bill that reduces the maximum allowed for a driver's blood-alcohol level from 0.05g/100ml to 0.02g/100ml.

According to Automobile Association spokesman Gary Ronald, the Bill, if passed into law, means that a driver will no longer be able to enjoy a full 340ml glass of beer an hour before driving.

"The 0.02g/100ml is equal to one unit of alcohol, which is how much alcohol an average person can get out of their system in an hour."

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