The Western Cape Transport and Public Works Department and South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD) have collaborated to reduce the number of road fatalities in the Western Cape during the 2022/2023 festive season. The Department implemented a fatigue management program and had fewer officers at integrated roadblocks while also increasing visible policing. Despite the decline in fatalities, 131 people still died on the Western Cape’s roads and other provinces need to work with SADD to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the roads. SADD suggests revoking licenses and punishing offenders with real legal consequences as well as putting more emphasis on road safety and less on politics.
What can you do?
- Educate yourself on the legal consequences of drinking and driving in your area.
- Reach out to your local government representatives and ask what measures they are taking to reduce drunk driving.
- Volunteer with an organization that works to reduce drunk driving and spread awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.