Legacy leads change

Tom Davies continues to campaign for change in the way alcohol and its consumption are viewed in society.
Tom Davies continues to campaign for change in the way alcohol and its consumption are viewed in society.

The Scarborough resident founded the anti-drink driving campaign, Enough is Enough, two years ago after Ballajura resident Luke Beyer was killed by a 23-year-old drunk driver who slammed into his car.

Luke was 17 at the time and a highly regarded member of the community.

The campaign uses grass- root community initiatives to promote messages about the dangers of drinking and driving and has since created an international following through social media.

Mr Davies’ work to reduce alcohol harm was recently recognised at the Action on Alcohol awards, which were organised by the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY).

Mr Davies said society had a long way to go with its drinking culture, but thought people were taking the dangers of drink driving more seriously.

‘With drink driving there isn’t one type of group who offend, although people aged under 25 are more likely to be involved in a serious crash involving drink driving, they aren’t the only ones who drink drive,’ he said.

In the future Mr Davies hopes more people, particularly parents, will take an active role in educating young drivers about the harm caused through alcohol.

‘What we’ve created is a great legacy for Luke, which has changed many people’s perspective on drink driving,’ he said.

‘We don’t know how many lives have been saved through awareness, but we’re watching the stats (road fatalities) and we’re going to keep pushing until they’re down to zero.’

MCAAY Centre Director and Curtin University Professor Mike Daube praised the winners and finalists in six categories.

‘While there is right concern about drinking among young people, many organisations and individuals are working hard and selflessly on this massive community problem,’ Professor Daube said.

‘We congratulate all the winners, who have made outstanding contributions during the year and give us real grounds for hope.’