Buckle up, and save lives

IN this Disability Month, South Africans Against Drunk Driving (Sadd) is deeply disturbed to see people not wearing seat belts, and consequently being flung out of vehicles and killed or paralysed.

This year alone so far, 7 909 people have been paralysed on our roads.

The law states that everyone in a car must be buckled up in the front and the back seats.

This is to save lives or to prevent serious injuries­, and to save families the consequent trauma.

Friends and family can make a difference. Speak to your children or relatives and friends. Talk to neighbours. Religious leaders can preach about this. Teachers can teach pupils.

We ask everyone to be proactive and to talk to people who do not buckle up, and if necessary, they can get posters, manuals or DVDs from Sadd to dispel myths about seat-belt use.

Sadd asks traffic officers to concentrate on fining people to save their life.

CARO SMIT

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