Hundreds of people have died on the country’s roads this festive season. Speeding, fatigue and drunken driving are the main reason for these road deaths.
Drunken driving remains the biggest problem on our country’s roads, so are we winning battle in this regard?
Founder of NGO – South Africans against Drunk Driving, Caro Smith speaks about the conceptualisation of her organisation and her personal loss as a result of drunk driving.
Smith says that she is a psychiatric social worker and an alcohol expert.
I started the organisation which is based on mothers against drunk driving after my child, my precious 23-year-old son was killed by a women who was very drunk.— Caro Smith, founder of South Africans against Drunk Driving
The drunk driver left an office party and was told not to drive in her state, says Smith. Smith adds that her lights were off and she ran a red robot while driving in the wrong lane. She adds that this resulted in the death of her son who was a pedestrian.
Smith says drunken driving is such a selfish act. She adds that people don’t think about themselves, they don’t think about others, and they don’t think about the devastation they cause.
Smith says that she started this organisation to help other victims cope with the grief. She adds that they try to prevent such a horrendous act from happening
It is such a preventable crime and not something to be proud of which is what South Africans do. They are very proud of drinking and driving.— Caro Smith, founder of South Africans against Drunk Driving
Listen to more about the organization in the audio below…