Every year about 18000 people are killed on South Africa’s roads.
I January this year Liam Symingtong was driving home with his 2 daugthers when they were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Liam was killed and his daughters were both critically injured.
Liam Symington with his daughters
In March three innocent people tragically lost their lives in a horrific head on collision on Athlone Bridge in Durban North. They were hit by a drunk driver. Carmen Hunter was on her moped when whe was hit. Gillian Bell and her son Connor were on their way home from a party. All three of these people were needlessly killed.
Gillian Bell with her son Connor
Carmen Hunter in a photo taken with her brother late last year
Today there will be a protest march to bring awareness to drunk driving. It will take place today. Please go along and show your support.
Here is the press release:
Protest march – 10 May @ 12.15 pm – “Enough is enough”
“Hello, my name is Caro Smit. With Mother’s Day coming up I want to take the opportunity to ask you to join us in a protest march to highlight road crashes and to preserve the lives of mothers – such as Gillian Bell who was killed by an alleged drunk driver.
Let us work together – (join SADD South Africans Against Drunk Driving http://www.sadd.org.za) to preserve our families. Liam Symington – a father, was also needlessly killed recently as are about 18 000 people every year on South African roads.
I am a mother, and Mothers Day will be a sad day for me as I lost my 23 year old son CHAS in a drink driving crash. He had things he wanted to do in life – become a rock star and have a family himself, and he had stories to tell. Now I tell his story, because just as a piece of me went with him when he died, a piece of him will always stay with me “
We will be marching on 10 May, not only to remember Liam, Gillian, Connor and Carmen but also the thousands of other South Africans that have been killed or disabled on our roads. We want to say to the government that “enough is enough”. Why will they not take this issue seriously, why do more than 40 people have to die on our roads EACH DAY !
Now that we have approval from Metro Police the march will be going ahead on Tuesday 10 May. Details as follows:
We will meet at the RIVERSIDE HOTEL FROM 12.15 pm ( you will be directed to parking at the entrance) . We will have a few short speeches and refreshments (kindly sponsored by the hotel ) and then at aprox 1 pm will walk across the bridge ( Metro Police will be blocking off one lane) . At the end of the bridge we will walk along the back of the Engen garage and finish in the parking area outside the Kingfisher Canoe Club. Metro Police regulations do not allow us to continue the march back along the bridge so we will finish there.
A couple of points to note:
• Where possible we are encouraging people to wear black, if your child would like to wear their Sharks rugby jersey (in memory of Connor) then that will be fine
• Please bring either a balloon – preferably RED or WHITE (write your personal message on it) – we hope to have balloons to hand out as well , or make your own placard. Ideas for the placard – a photo of a loved one that has been killed or disabled in a road crash, or for the children a Road Safety message e.g “Buckle Up – it will save your life” or “Don’t drink then drive”
• Safety is of paramount importance, please take responsibility for any children you bring to the march.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO BE MARSHALLS ON THE DAY – PLEASE CONTACT US URGENTLY IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO ASSIST FOR APROX ONE HOUR ON THE DAY. Please circulate the details of the march to EVERYONE you know. We will have a big media presence and hope to have both CARTE BLANCHE and E news.
For further details please contact Charlotte Sullivan at the SADD offices – 033 347 0103 or 082 696 0132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org