Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Tamihere Speech: SADD Ambassadors saving lives

John Tamihere Speech: SADD Ambassadors saving lives

Address at ceremony for appointment of SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) ambassadors, The Beehive, 3.30pm

Thank you all for attending this ceremony today, and I congratulate the Students Against Drink Driving ambassadors on their appointment.

The figures show how important the work of SADD and its ambassadors is - it could be as important as the difference between life and death for the more than 20,000 young New Zealanders their message reaches each year.

The Alcohol Advisory Council survey, the Youth Drinking Monitor, in 2002, shows that most young people drink alcohol, and SADD isn't about stopping people drinking.

The survey found 93 per cent of 14-17-year-olds have tried alcohol and 82 per cent defined themselves as current drinkers.

Twenty-nine per cent said they drank alcohol at least once a week, while 34 per cent were defined as "risky drinkers" - those who drank five or more glasses on their last drinking occasion - and 49 per cent reported risky drinking in the last three months.

Of these young drinkers, 18 per cent said they had driven after drinking too much, or had been a passenger in a car driven by a drink driver.

According to the Land Transport Safety Authority, alcohol contributed to 26 per cent of all fatal crashes and 14 per cent of all injury crashes in 2000, with the social cost estimated at $570 million. Most at risk of drink driving crashes were young males. LTSA figures show males aged 16-30 represent half of all drink drivers in crashes, though they make up just 15 per cent of all drivers. Of fatal crashes attributed to drivers aged 15-24 in 2000-2001, alcohol was a factor in one-third.

Yet only 27 per cent of young people surveyed said drink driving was a worry for teens. Their parents seemed more concerned: 94 per cent of parents said they were concerned or very concerned about teens drink driving, and 80 per cent said they always agreed on transport arrangements for their children to and from an event before they went out.

So the work of SADD in reducing harm among students by promoting alternatives to drink driving through positive peer influences is crucial in getting the drink driving message through to young people.

As anyone who has ever tried telling teenagers anything will know, if they hear it from their own peer group, they are far more likely to take the message on board.

SADD is run by young people in their own schools, making it THEIR message for THEIR friends, said by THEM. That's why young people are much more likely to listen. That's why it's so powerful.

Again, congratulations to the SADD ambassadors here today and I wish you good luck in continuing the excellent work being done by SADD.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news