National Drink and Drugged Driving awareness day
On October 10, 2015, Leah Abrams was trapped in a car following a serious crash on Mt Eden Road with a drunk driver. It took her over a year of surgeries, physiotherapy and learning to write again before Leah could lead the life she had before the crash.
A year after this horrific incident Leah established NESA (No One Ever Stands Alone), the charitable trust dedicated to ending drink and drugged driving in New Zealand.
This October is the second anniversary for NESA and three years from the crash. To mark these events, there will be a national awareness day on 10 October. This will be followed by a fundraising event on the Saturday, in Mt Eden near the site of the crash.
“This is the first time in this country that a national awareness day has been dedicated to raise awareness and education for drunk and drugged driving, Leah says, “I’m thrilled to use my experience to raise attention to for this issue and make our roads safer.”
Leah is calling everyone to play their part on 10 October and consider the impact of getting behind the wheel of a car after you’ve had a drink. Leah isn’t alone in her plight, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee, is playing her part too and will speaking at Saturday’s fundraising event.
Leah is shocked, “It’s staggering that New Zealand’s drunk and drug statistics are so high. I was stunned to learn that last year there were over 2,000 fatal or injury crashes caused because of people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
“How can you afford not to play your part and support NESA’s national awareness day on 10 October? It’s easy, choose to be a sober driver and join NESA to end drink and drugged driving.”
As part of the awareness day activities, NESA is calling for donations which can be made through its website at www.nesa.org.nz