I am a daughter, sister, auntie, friend, business women, mentor and now a survivor.

And on October 10, 2015, I became a drink driving statistic in New Zealand.

One of 422 serious injuries caused by a driver under the influence of alcohol.

If I hadn’t lay down across the seats of my car, just as his SUV drove straight at my driver’s side door – I would be the person killed by a drunk driver that week. 

That’s right: Every week, at least 1 person is killed by someone who has been drinking too much.

One mother, father, sister, brother, friend – gone. Families destroyed because another person’s senseless decision.

But mine is a miracle story, I survived that night. 

I was one of the lucky ones: I have had 2 surgeries to repair the severely broken bones to my right arm, 8 weeks of not being able to work , 5 months to finally return back to work on a full time basis and 1 year of weekly physiotherapy appointments.

I avoided driving for months, terrified to relive that split-second moment when sheer force shattered my bones.

I had to re-teach my right arm and my dominant right hand how to do things as simple as making a fist, holding my tooth brush or gripping a pen…

But I was never alone. I had friends, church network, my own family – all rallied around, supporting me as I walked the slow and painful road to recovery.

And that’s why I started NESA: To end drink and drugged driving in New Zealand  

-because no one should ever have to stand alone after being affected by this preventable act.

Join us and make a difference in Aotearoa! 

Leah Abrams - CEO/Trustee

*Photo courtesy of FAIRFAX NZ

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The Dominion Post

Number of Police drink driving breath tests..- 13/03/2019


Roadside breath tests drop by 350,000 in 2018-  26/03/2019


NZ Herald  - 8/06/2017  


NZ First MP wants to raise the drink driving limit - 30/06/2018

Alcohol breath tests drop almost 30 percent in five years - 26/02/2018

Key to zero road deaths accepting 'people make mistakes' - expert - 11/11/2017


'It was the worst day of my life' - 10/10/2018

 Stuff on 13 October 2016, 10 December 2015 and 21 December 2017

"Crash survivor says we shouldn't use the term 'road toll' - 21/12/2017


National Drunk and Drugged driving awareness day - 09/10/2018


Interview - 9/10/2017

ONE MORE SECOND - UK Road Safety Magazine

Why I set up a drunk driving awareness charity - 1/06/2017


Alumna uses near-death experience to help save others - 7/3/2018


The NESA Story - 21/04/2017

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