City woman receives prestigious road safety award

Hosted by the World Health Organisation, UN envoy for Road Safety, World Bank and FedEx, Smit was the only representative from Southern Africa out of the three recipients who were bestowed the honour of receiving the award from the Global Alliance.  She received the award on merit for her work and passion and commitment towards road safety and she has shown willingness to learn by seeking advice, applying best practices, or seeking out practices or knowledge from others.

Over 189 NGO’s from 70 countries gathered for the week-long conference that involved networking, learning and teaching practice projects aiming to work towards a global goal of reducing the number of road deaths by 50% by 2020.

For the past decade SADD has been working to actively assist victims of drink and driving crashes, educate the masses about units of alcohol and their elimination rates and blood alcohol concentrations  as such practices are not well known and fully considered in South Africa.

Smit said that receiving the award was huge honour and could be the development of a working relationship with the Department of Transport, “As South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) we are very honoured that our hard work and persistence was recognized internationally, and really hope the department of transport will engage with us now, so that we can share best practice solutions and bring down our unacceptably high road carnage”.

Currently SADD are working with numerous schools, the municipality, Mayoral office and others to highlight the need to slow down to 30 km near schools and pedestrian areas to save lives. If anyone would like to help SADD or highlight a problem in their community, they can contact SADD on 033 3431853.


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