Local pupils join drive in celebrating road safety

2015-05-08 10:12
Caro Smit, founder and director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) commemo-rated Global Road Safety Week with Bisley Primary School yesterday.

Caro Smit, founder and director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) commemo-rated Global Road Safety Week with Bisley Primary School yesterday. (Jonathan Burton)

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SOUTH Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) celebrated the United Nations Global Road Safety Week with pupils of local schools who voiced their thoughts and fears about travelling on roads.

In support of #SaveKidsLives and the global initiative, Pietermaritzburg pupils made video pledges and held informative plays on road safety at the Bisley Primary School yesterday.

“Enforcement is the most important element to bring down deaths and injuries by 50% and fulfil South Africa’s pledge,” said director and founder of SADD, Caro Smit.

“I am so thrilled that Mayor Chris Ndlela and other dignitaries from Health, Transport and Education were present to hear first hand the strategies to help save lives on the road. The most exciting part was the children who took their part in this initiative so seriously.”

SADD is one of only 10 organisations worldwide funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and World Bank.

Smit, who pioneers the #SaveKids­Lives campaign, said that around 1 460 children are killed on South African roads every year.

She said she believes this can be prevented by road-users following the WHO strategies.

“Controlling speed; reducing drinking and driving; helmets for cyclists and motorcyclists; restraining all; improving children’s ability to see and be seen; enhancing road infrastructure; adapting vehicle design; reducing risk for young drivers; providing appropriate care for injured children and supervising children around roads are what the children are asking for,” said Smit.

SADD belongs to the Global Alliance of NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims. This week marked the third Global Road Safety Week and is dedicated to child road safety. Smit urged road users to visit www.sadd.org.za to sign the children’s pledge available.

Smit, who pioneers the #SaveKidsLives campaign said that around 1 460 children are killed on South African roads every year. She said she believes this can be prevented by road users following the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) strategies.

“Controlling speed; reducing drinking and driving; helmets for cyclists and motorcyclists; restraining all; improving children’s ability to see and be seen; enhancing road infrastructure; adapting vehicle design; reducing risk for young drivers; providing appropriate care for injured children and supervising children around roads are what the children are asking for,” said Smit.

SADD belongs to the Global Alliance of NGOs advocating for road safety and road victims. This week marked the 3rd Global Road Safety Week and is dedicated to child road safety. Smit urged road users to visit www.sadd.org.za to sign the children’s pledge available

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