Ideate readers: don’t drink and drive

Sensitive readers may want to brace yourselves, as this article will shock you.

I was chatting to a lawyer friend of mine earlier in the year and he informed me solemnly that he was representing three males who’d been nabbed for drunk driving on separate occasions, taken to a jail cell for the night and had been raped in prison. 

Since Ideate is concerned about its readership, we implore you not to drive. Being raped in prison is just one of the multitude of risks that you face if you drive after drinking. New Year’s Eve is 2 days away, so, please, take heed of this post while preparing for your big night. 

Here are some factoids that you may want to take in. 

Drunk Driving
You’re not alowed to be in the driver’s seat in a running car, parked or moving, while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug having a narcotic effect. 

How much is too much?
Well, our advice is to not drink anything at all OR get someone else to drive. A case in point is the story one of our employees at World Wide Creative told us: he got picked up for drunk driving after 1 beer and spent the night in jail, after the breathalizer ruled him over the limit. Fortunately he came through the experience unscathed (although very, very rattled). 

Arrive Alive’s website says the following:

  • Concentration of alcohol in blood: 0,05 gram per 100 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,02 gram per 100 millilitres.
  • Breath alcohol content: 0,24 milligrams per 1000 millilitres (all drivers), professional drivers: 0,10 milligrams per 1000 millilitres.

Basically, if you’re male, that means

  • 1 beer / one and a half hours
  • 1 glass wine / 2 hours

If you’re female, that means

  • 1 beer / 2 hours
  • 1 glass wine / two and a half hours

Bear in mind the above deductions are merely estimates and based on a 80 kg male and a 60kg female. It’s best to play it safe and don’t try and beat the system. 

Conclusion: If you’re feeling unsure, don’t drive. Give yourself time rather. Make a sleeping plan or arrange alternative transport. 

What will happen if you drink and drive?

If you get caught, which is highly likely nowadays, you will spend the night in jail. In South Africa, you don’t want that to happen. Not to mention the penalties, fines and potential long term incarceration if you get convicted. 

I think most of us are aware of the penalties, but stories are more hard hitting. Like the drunk 18 year old guy in 1995 who crashed his car with three passengers on board. On a week night in Cape Town, he strayed into oncoming traffic, hit another car head on and killed all three passengers, including his best friend and girlfriend, as well as the other driver. He regained consciousness to be convicted of manslaughter, and spent the next 8 years in jail. 

Or the story of Jacqueline Saburido, now 29 years old, a survivor of a car accident with a drunk driver in Austin USA in 1999, that left her burned and disfigured for life. Here are some pictures of Jacqueline before the accident, and the picture of her car after the accident. 



Click here for a picture of what the accident did to her (PLEASE NOTE: it is a very hard-hitting image!)

Most of the above information has been appropriated from the Arrive Allive website. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Read the facts and tell your mates. 

I still want to drink, so what can I do? 

Make a plan for New Years to stay over, or arrange a designated driver. 

In Cape Town, remember to phone Rikkis if you’re unsure: 0861 RIKKIS (0861 745 547 – save it to your phone now!) Not sure about Johannesburg, Durban or the other major centres, but please add a comment if you’ve got any contacts for reliable taxi services. 

The Ideate Team

3 thoughts on “Ideate readers: don’t drink and drive

  1. Thanks Fred for sharing this with other readers! I have developed the Arrive Alive website having lost a parent in a vehicle accident at the age of 2. Our road users should also keep in mind that no fine or sentence will remove the horrible feeling of guilt when knowing you caused the death of someone when intoxicated…or having to look that persons’ family in the eyes…!

  2. Hi Johan, thanks for the comment.

    I agree 100% with you, and it’s actually why I included the story of the kid in 1995 who was jailed. It’s a well known story amongst my mates, since it happened outside the flat where a friend of mine stayed at the time.

    The thought of him having to deal with the guilt, while spending all that time in jail, is a profoundly disturbing one. My heart goes out both to the families as well as to a young guy having to learn such a harsh lesson.

    Let’s pray that no one reading this will have to learn a similar lesson.

    Johan, here’s wishing you a safe and successful 2009. In the meantime, we’ll continue to support your site.


  3. Much appreciated! I am no techie myself – so I would love to hear from the experts how to enhance the efforts – and perhaps also what they would like to see on the mobile website at etc.

    I will also blog about the support and feedback received on the Road Safety blog at

    Thanks for the opportunity to share these thoughts!

    Have a safe and blessed 2009!!

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