World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

The United Nations has declared the 20 November 2011 to be a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the UN, “Road traffic crashes kill nearly 1.3 million people every year and injure or disable as many as 50 million more. They are the leading cause of death among young people aged 10–24 years.” Which is a sobering thought.

In October 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which calls for governments to mark the third Sunday in November each year as World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The day was created as a means to give recognition to victims of road traffic crashes and the plight of their relatives who must cope with the emotional and practical consequences of these tragic events.

WHO and the UN Road Safety Collaboration encourage governments and non-governmental organizations around the world to commemorate this day as a means of drawing the public’s attention to road traffic crashes, their consequences and costs, and the measures which can be taken to prevent them.

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2 thoughts on “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011

  1. Thanks for this. In Germany this is traditionally when we remember people who have died during the year, and the victims of war, so I don’t know if our local church will be open to adding this: they may see it as an attempt to hijack their memorial service for a political reason, but it’s worth a try next year…

    1. As for the “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2011”, I feel this is something which does need to be brought wider awareness. Most people don’t realise the share scale of the problem. There is an issue with people thinking of road traffic victims as “collateral damage”, rather than unnecessary and avoidable deaths.

      The date can be seen as problematic as an attempt to hijack the other remembrance days in November, it might have been better if WHO had chosen another date, such as the 17th Aug, which is the anniversary of the death of Mrs Bridget Driscoll of Croydon, the first pedestrian to be knocked down and killed by a motor vehicle on a British road (possible the first in the world). Maybe 20th Nov is the anniversary of the death of the first victim, I don’t know and WHO don’t make it clear why they chose that date.

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