CIOG calls on Guyanese to change culture of ‘drinking and driving’
With the rise in fatal roadway accidents over the past months, the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) is calling for action to end the epidemic of road accidents caused by drunk drivers.
In a press release, the organisation said that “Too many lives are being wasted and shattered.” The organisation condemned the act of drinking and driving, saying that it can have a disastrous butterfly effect on families.
“Driving under the influence causes premature deaths, and it also has devastating effects on survivors and their families due to permanent disabilities, mental health issues, and loss of productivity leading to financial strain,” the statement read.
The organisation said that the “drunk driving plague must be addressed.”
The charitable organisation called on Guyanese authorities to put practical measures in place to combat the issue of drinking and driving.
“Our roads should not be killing grounds. Actively combat the problem by enforcing blood alcohol content laws, setting up sobriety checkpoints, and requiring mandatory alcohol abuse classes for offenders.
“Let them hear from the first responders who pick up the pieces and from the medical staff that tries to put the pieces back together and from the families whose lives have been ruined.”
The organisation recommended that the authorities should provide incentives for alcohol-serving establishments to ensure that patrons do not drive drunk from their premises.
In addition, it suggested regular distribution of pamphlets to educate the public so that they understand that alcohol diminishes and impairs judgement, depth perception, and vital motor skills required to drive safely.”
Meanwhile, CIOG charged the Guyanese society to adjust its mindset and change its culture. The organisation urged that awareness be spread of the nightmarish aftermath of drinking and driving and to encourage persons to act responsibly.
“The decision begins with individuals. Choose not to drink and drive. Make the decision before you begin drinking and before you become impaired from the alcohol. Arrange to have a designated sober driver, either someone you know personally or a trusted taxi service. It’s a choice that could save innocent lives and avoid unimaginable suffering,” the statement further read.
“The goal is for everyone to get home safely and wake up to another day without regret.”
Only recently, the Police stated that road fatalities in some regions were down when compared to previous years. Nevertheless, one of the main causes of fatal accidents is speeding. Driving under the influence of alcohol was also listed as a reason.