Tutu gets world road safety prize

2011-11-24 20:23

Johannesburg - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has received the Federal International Automobile academy world prize for road safety, the Automobile Association said on Thursday.

Tutu accepted the prize to show support for the FIA's "action for road safety campaign" in Cape Town this week.

He said it was the poorest people in society who were affected by road accidents.

They were affected either by the loss of an income or the costs of having to care for a family member who was injured in an accident.

Health facilities were also being burdened by the number of serious injuries they had to deal with, said Tutu.

The campaign was launched in line with the UN's Decade of Action for Road Safety in May.

It would target motorists, motorsport enthusiasts and the youth.

  • Heinrich - 2011-11-24 21:21

    Does this mean: all we can do is pray? Tutu gets the prize because he never drives-now that's the ultimate in road safety.

  • Marion - 2011-11-24 21:29

    Heinrich - LOL. My first instinct was that he got it because the roads are safer now that he is too old to drive (sorry Arch, couldn't resist that!)...

  • Patrick - 2011-11-25 08:21

    Another award for this useless, insufferable twit!

  • Willem - 2011-11-25 08:31

    Is this not an indication of the total lack of importance road safety has in South Africa. Someone who has no clue, receives the award. There is a lot of people with no clue in road safety, because that is the place you can collect without having results. All the structures around road safety is just a bunch of fur stared cops or who can't think clearly about their jobs. It is a amazing that arrive alive still exist, but they do and their only contribution over all the years were speed kills. That incidentally is a trap we all fell into because now everybody has the result instead of the cause as the guilty party.

  • Willem - 2011-11-25 08:32

    Heinrich you are right, but I do not know if Desmond Tutu's prays is to the right God.

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