Petition to end drunk driving

2008-04-29 00:00

More than 1 500 residents of Pietermaritzburg and surrounds are tired of drunk drivers.

Transport MEC Bheki Cele received a signed petition on Friday during a march to promote an accident- and crime-free society, which highlighted the fight of ordinary citizens against crime, drinking and driving and road accidents. The march ended at the KZN Legislature where South Africans Against Drunk Driving (Saad) founder Caro Smit handed over the petition with the 1 500 signatures.

Two candles were lit by Cele in honour of those affected by crime, and Smit lit a candle in memory of her son Chas, who was killed when he was hit by a car in 2005.

Smit said people are petitioning the Justice Department to take drinking and driving seriously as it causes half of the 18 000 annual deaths and 150 000 annual serious injuries on roads. She also called for prohibitive sentences to be given, which have been proven to prevent repeat offences.

Meanwhile, the ML Sultan secondary school held a drug-free week last week. Different activities included talks and demonstrations by organisations such as Saad, Sanca and KZN Transport and Road Safety.

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