Remembering lives lost on a special day

2015-11-18 06:00
PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Patsy Naidoo, with a photo of her son whom she lost in a car accident in 2010, and Caro Smith, director of Sadd, at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Chatterton Road last week.

PHOTO: Ian Carbutt Patsy Naidoo, with a photo of her son whom she lost in a car accident in 2010, and Caro Smith, director of Sadd, at the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in Chatterton Road last week.

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SOUTH Africans Against Drunk Driving (Sadd) celebrated World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims which is celebrated annually in November.

The day is a reminder of the lives lost or injured in road accidents around the world, to thank emergency and medical staff who attend accidents and to urge people to work together and take steps to reduce road fatalities and injuries.

Sadd displayed crosses with images of people who have died on South African roads in Chatterton Road on Friday, 13 November, serving as a reminder of them.

The event was supported by leaders who visited the display.

The South African National Blood Services were on scene for those who wanted to donate blood in order to increase their stock as the upcoming festive season is infamous for road crashes.

“We lose important members of society each day. Sadd calls on every South African to recognise this crisis and to take action to reduce it,” said Sadd director, Caro Smit.

Sadd reached another milestone last week when a campaign its rolled out in the city - #SaveKidsLives - reached one million signatures in support of the Child Declaration for Road Safety.

The campaign started earlier this year and the goal of
100 000 signatures was quickly exceeded as the campaign’s reach grew wider.

Sadd hosted various events in Pietermaritzburg in honour of the campaign, which was supported by Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndela.

Smit is currently at the second Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Brasilia where the world’s highest level decision-makers on road safety gather to review global road safety progress.

Children are to hand over the one million signatures to world leaders.

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