Near the end of last year, Parliament was working hard to push through a number of new bills that, if (or when) they are approved, will directly affect SA motorists.

The one Bobby wants to mention today will properly nail drunk drivers. Although there is no official documentation yet, the Road Traffic Management Corp has confirmed that it is pushing for tougher penalties for drunk drivers.

This means a reclassification of the crime from a schedule 2 to a schedule 5 offence, which would put it in the same category with rape and murder. The same might apply for speeding and reckless driving.

The proposal also wants drunk drivers to spend at least a week in jail before they can be considered for bail, to prevent release within hours of arrest.

On reflection, there has never been a better time to put a stop, once and for all, too drunk driving, whether it’s you or a family member or friend, the change begins with you.