Passengers driving with L drivers to be breathalysed

Passengers driving with L drivers to be breathalysed

The days of getting your teenage son or daughter to drive you home from the pub will soon be a thing of the past, as front seat passengers could now be breathalysed as part of a tough new law.

These new rules, which may be brought into force before the end of the year were included in the seven-year Road Safety Strategy plan launched in 2013.

The new law will mean that holders of a full license who are in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a learner driver can be breathalysed to check if they have been drinking.

The RSA said that making this change would be an important preventative road safety measure, adding that the role of supervising a learner driver cannot be performed “if the accompanying driver is intoxicated.”

In the first five months of this year, 4,670 drivers were taken to court for dink-driving and 1,251 were found guilty.