11 Dec 2013

Dangers of driving under influence highlighted in American Samoa

3:34 pm on 11 December 2013

A drunk and drug impaired driving prevention month has been launched in American Samoa where a candle lighting ceremony also honoured those who have been killed or injured as a result.

Drunk, Drugged, Driving Prevention Month or 3 D was launched by director Taeaoafua Dr Meki Solomona.

Taeaoafua says 3 D month helps remind everyone that they have a role to play in keeping roads safe by not driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

"From parents, schools, and businesses, to faith based community organisations. Together we can teach young people, friends, and fellow citizens, how to avoid a crash brought on by impaired driving."

Taeaoafua says the candle lighting vigil serves as a reminder of the tragic consequences of drunk and drugged driving on people and families.