"Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Then Drive"

Winner of a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2012

World Day of Remembrance 2014

 

 

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) hosted an event at Bisley Primary School on Wednesday to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This internationally celebrated day commemorates the life of those who died or were injured in road crashes, recognises the burden placed on their families and reflects on the cost of these crashes to society. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Speed Kills. Design Out Speeding’ and SADD calls on the government to enforce a 30km/h zone around schools and to strongly emphasise the need to drive at the speed limit or slower when the roads are wet. At Bisley Primary School, 60 children have lost a loved one in a road crash. The children wrote messages on balloons in memory of those who they had lost. A wrecked car was a powerful reminder of the destruction of road crashes brought to families, society and the economy. Members of the local firefighting team; Med24 ambulance crew; KZN Private Ambulances; Dave Ryder, DA Ward Councillor; Mrs Thandeka Mchunu, wife of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and Mayor of uThungulu District Municipality and Chris Ndlela, the Mayor of Msunduzi Municpality attended the event. Cake and juice, kindly donated by Bernadine Pearce in memory of her husband, the late Dr Adrien Pearce, was enjoyed by all.  It was both cathartic experience and a sad reminder there are few people who have not been affected by road crashes which are the main cause of death in 5 to 29 year olds in South Africa according to the World Heath Organisation.