Road accidents victims remembered in SADD event

2015-11-16 10:44
Commerating World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Friday, South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) held a ceremony next to Chatterton Road to remember those who lost their lives to road accidents.

Commerating World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Friday, South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) held a ceremony next to Chatterton Road to remember those who lost their lives to road accidents. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Commerating World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Friday, South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) held a ceremony next to Chatterton Road to remember those who lost their lives to road accidents.

Director of SADD Caro Smit said: “World Wars 1 and 2 are recognised as two of the greatest tragedies and cause of unnecessary loss of life in global history with 18 700 South African soldiers dying in both wars. South Africa actually loses more people on our roads annually than in the two wars combined. This is a national crisis.”

Spokesperson for SADD Kristen William said they aim to draw awareness to the issue of road accidents “and hopefully to call on government to take the necessary steps in dealing with this issue”.

“We are faced with a very big problem because most people lose family members and loved ones.”

Members of ER24 as well as the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) were present at the ceremony.

ER24 Advanced Life Support paramedic Andrew Rogers said: “ Obviously with the upcoming festive season it is always a worry with the increase of traffic on the roads and the amount of accidents that occur.

“There is a lot more road rage nowadays. People are just not coming to terms with things and are not dealing with things correctly, which ends up spilling onto our roads and causing problems. People should just take it a lot easier over the holiday season, relax and get to your destination safely.”

People were also given the chance to donate blood during the ceremony.

Sue Akerman, who lost her brother-in-law, came to donate blood.

“My brother-in-law was killed by a negligent driver passing on the double white line. We lost a loved one. This was a waste of a very wonderful life,” she said.

The mother of the late Kavlin Naidoo, who was killed in an alleged road rage incident, Patsy Naidoo, was present at this ceremony.

“This is what we need especially now with the festive season coming up. People want to be the law on the roads and we need to be pro-active and remind them they are destroying families. Drunk driving destroys a lot of lives, not just the victims themselves but everyone,” she said.

Smit, who is the founder of the SADD, also lost her son, Chas, in 2005.

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