Drunk driving project: SA campaign wins international award

2012-12-20 00:00

INNOVATION in the fight against drunk driving has earned a Pietermaritzburg organisation international recognition.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) recently received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for its fight against drunk driving.

Caro Smit, the founder of the organisation, and her colleague, Charlotte Sullivan, travelled to England last week to receive their award.

The award was given to SADD in recognition of its national university project, which has been operating at eight universities in South Africa since 2008.

Smit said the project focused on the youth, as car crashes were the leading cause of death in this age group and led to a huge loss of human resources to the South African economy and inflicted unnecessary pain and suffering on families.

“This university project is designed so that peer educators work together with the counselling departments of the universities and run programmes to create awareness of the harm excessive alcohol consumption causes to their studies, bodies and on the roads,” she said.

The programme aims to encourage responsible drinking.

“The judges were particularly impressed with the innovative and comprehensive way in which this educational campaign was delivered, and welcomed the significant involvement of the private sector in backing the initiative,” said Smit.

She added that the award was recognition for their hard work in combating drunk driving.

Smit’s campaign began after her 23-year-old son Chas was knocked down and killed in 2005.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.