Columns 28.11.2013 09:00 am

Drive safe this festive season

The festive season is upon us – let us take better care of the people we love. A good number of us get very excited about the holidays.

That joy should not be cut off by the tragedy of a missing child or someone driving recklessly in a rush to attend a party. Road accidents always shoot up during holidays. It is a tragedy that has come to be expected this time of the year.

Remember to be kind – holidays are tough on many people who have no families.

Many households are headed by children. That means they barely get by. If you have something extra this Christmas give it to someone who may need it.

As many people may be planning a fabulous holiday away, somebody somewhere will probably be hungry, suicidal and lonely.

There is nothing as uplifting as giving. In most cases the person or people you give to need your gift more than you will ever know.

What is basic to one person may be a lifeline to someone else.

For those who will travel to various places: it is irresponsible to plant a child on your lap while travelling. It is impossible to guarantee safety on public transport, but if you own a car secure your children with seat belts and car seats.

Carrying a child on your lap in the front seat is not cute or a sign of love. It is begging for a tragedy. If there is an accident your child will be the first to be thrown out of the car.

Life is short and accidents can happen at any turn. All you can do is do your best to obey the rules of the road, keeping your family and property as safe as you can.

Nothing is as sad as people who die avoidable deaths just before Christmas or new year.

In 2012, 1 465 people died in road accidents during the festive season. This year hopefully everyone will take other road users into consideration and decide not to drive drunk.

There is no place that is worth rushing to. The key is to arrive at our destinations alive.

In an ideal world the festive season should be characterised by love, giving and joy – not loss and pain.

Some people drive drunk, speed and overtake and walk across roads as if they own the road. Be safe.

 

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