South Africans Against Drunk Driving is an NGO doing valuable work campaigning for tougher enforcement of drink drive laws and working with victims and families bereaved by drunk drivers. The Road Safety Fund is supporting this work in 2012 through our small grants programme.
The latest newsletter from SADD features one story which highlights the tragic and utterly pointless waste of life that can result from drinking and driving (and speeding). Please read the story of the van Wyk family below.
"In February this year an
alleged drink driver, driving at aprox 180 kms, ploughed into the car of Jaco
van Wyk’s in Mossel Bay – killing Dante and Sonya – aged 11 and 10 and severely
injuring Jaco and hospitalizing Janika (8) – leaving him unable to work and
support his family. In a few minutes the lives of 2 families were changed
forever. The accused (who was driving on a suspended licence) has 2 previous
convictions for drink driving and negligent driving. We are pleased to report
that he has been found guilty of 2 counts of murder and 2 of
attempted murder, and has been remanded in Jail. SADD continues to remain
concerned that Drink Driving is not taken seriously enough and that repeat
offenders such as in the Mossel Bay crash should be removed from our roads or
have Alcohol Ignition Interlocks fitted."
(story and photo from SADD)