Alcohol And Drug Abuse – How Driving Instructors Can Be A Positive or Negative Role Model.

 

Driving while under the influence of alcohol

The new Act provides for a lower maximum allowable concentration of alcohol in any specimen of blood or breath, and makes a distinction between drivers and professional drivers as follows:

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The maximum allowable concentration of alcohol in a specimen of blood for drivers is less than 0,05 gram per 100 milliliters, and for professional drivers is less than 0,02 gram per 100 milliliters; and
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the maximum allowable concentration of alcohol in a specimen of breath for drivers is less than 0,24 gram per 1 000 milliliters, and for professional drivers is less than 0, 10 gram per 1 000 milliliters.

Dear Driving Instructors,

I have been watching on Twitter how many people have died on our roads this week alone – easily well over 100, and in many cases they were alcohol and drug-related crashes. As driving instructors we are in a position to train our pupils to avoid them getting involved with this later by teaching them to be defensive drivers and also not to become addicted to the use of alcohol or drugs.

Please watch this video http://www.enca.com/world/killer-post-confession-online right to the end, and discuss it with your pupils, because we are in denial if we imagine our pupils don’t drink and do drugs, in so many cases.

Perhaps they don’t yet, but life has a way of enticing young people to do just that, especially when they leave home and go to study at Universities, or start working and mixing with older friends.

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We are role models now, (good or bad)  for our pupils.

If we just don’t talk about it while training them to drive, we are leaving them to get on with it, until something goes wrong. Let’s face it. drugs are becoming a major problem in all our communities. Teenagers lives, as well as their families lives, are ruined by the use of drugs. The most wonderful promising young people can be influenced to try drugs, and soon their lives are going badly wrong!

It is also really distressing to see how many so-called “road safety experts” drink and drive. They can say all the right things, but they do not tell anyone that they have a serious addiction. It is very difficult to sit in road safety meetings with them knowing they drink and drive.

Perhaps they feel they are able to cope with a few drinks or drugs, and they don’t notice any difference in the way they are driving, but other people do.

It’s like driving behind someone who is on their cell phone. They think they are driving normally, but we are going crazy behind them because they slow down for nothing and wander across the road, and are erratic.

http://www.telesure.co.za/alcohol-abuse-south-africas-shame

http://leadsa.co.za/?cat=3808

http://www.sadd.org.za/

–       “You need only look at the country’s road accident statistics for an inkling of the impact of alcohol abuse on the country’s people. Even if you do not drive under the influence of alcohol, the chances that you are sharing the road with someone who is drunk are extremely high, says Creamer.

–        “In a country where drinking alcohol is so widely socially acceptable and where there is a poor public transport system and an even poorer regard for road traffic regulations, people don’t think twice about getting behind the wheel of their cars after drinking. A much tougher stance must be taken against those who drive or venture onto the roads drunk,” Creamer says.

I should not have to write to any SAIDI members about this, but it is a fact that even some of our own members do use alcohol and or drugs and drive. In fact, they think it is some sort of joke. It is no joke! In fact, it is a disgraceful crime.

How can they influence their pupils the right way when their own consciences are not guilt-free?

Let’s influence our pupils to not drink at all, or at least to drink responsibly (very little), in their own homes, although having watched someone die of cirrhosis of the liver, I urge everyone not to drink (or use drugs) at all.

I have stood by helplessly when someone in the family died in hospital because his liver became as hard as a rock as the blood vessels were not able to take the blood into the liver for filtration. He had been rushed to hospital vomiting blood. He was declared brain damaged on a scale of 7/10 due to uric acid build-up in the brain. He died a few days later.

Causes of drinking and using drugs:

Having said that, I do have a lot of sympathy if people are emotionally unhappy, but to use alcohol or drugs to give them temporary peace from that constant agony is a very unwise way to deal with the pain.

You are not free as long as you need a substance to help you to cope with life:

It is not cool to be addicted to anything, because we are no longer in control of our lives. The substance rules over us.

Ask for help if necessary:

Please get help if you secretly struggle with this issue. There are many trained experts who are able to help.

If I can help, please feel free to contact me confidentially. I promise – your secret will be safe with me. (N.B. I am a trained Christian counselor). 

Let’s get help to set you free, so that you can live without guilt and also influence your pupils correctly with a free conscience.