Sadd remembers road accident victims

2007-11-17 00:00

DO you drink and drive? Do you speed? Do you drive without a seatbelt?

You are a potential murderer.

This is according to Caro Smit, the founder of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (Sadd), who said South Africans need a shock to wake up to the carnage on our roads.

Sadd will join the rest of the world tomorrow in remembering people who died or have been injured in road crashes on World Day of Remembrance.

“The day is basically about remembering all the people who were killed and those who were left behind and to talk about the crime, because that is what it is. If you don't wear your seatbelt you are a criminal, if you drink and drive you are a criminal,” said Smit.

Smit lost her 23-year-old son, musician Chas Smit, in an accident in the city centre in 2005.

She appealed to other parents not to wait until they have lost a family member, because by then it is too late.

“People always think it will never happen to them … but we need to be educated and to get pro-active. Giving to cancer victims is good, but what about all the people who are in wheelchairs and incapacitated as a result of road injuries. Give money to organisations that can save lives, I would really like to appeal for people to give into this cause.

“Don't just think your driving is good, think about drunk drivers on the road with you. Be responsible, wear your seatbelt, don't go beyond the speed limit, don't talk on your cellphone and don't hold a child on your lap,” said Smit.

To find out about Sadd and the work they do or to make your contribution, visit www.sadd.org.za.

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