The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is pushing for tougher legal action against drunk drivers ahead of the festive season.
The RTMC wants driving under the influence to be reclassified from a schedule 2 to a schedule 5 offence, ensuring that offenders are not granted bail easily and that time is spent behind bars.
The RTMC wants drunk drivers to spend at least seven days in jail before they can be considered for bail. If arrested, offenders face a minimum fine of R2000 or a two-year prison sentence, or both.
Christelle Colman, executive for high-net-worth solutions at Old Mutual Insure, said jail time was not the only issue motorists would have if found guilty of drunken driving.